Growing up in the American Evangelical Christian Church, I attended Church nearly every Sunday with the exception of vacations, and even then sometimes we would go to Church with my extended family whom we were visiting. My knowledge of Church and Church traditions was fairly limited to my experiences at my local Church. Any older tradition that Christians did I figured was done mainly by old people and catholics. But the younger generation of Christians doesn’t do those things. They seemed a bit odd at times and unnecessary. I am not attempting to bash the Evangelical Church however I feel that with all of our attempts to be “Contemporary” and “Relevant”, we evangelicals have missed out on a lot of truly great things.
One such tradition is the observance of Lent. This has always felt very catholic to me, and to a certain extent it is. More catholics observe lent than evangelicals. And while their are some things that catholics do that I don’t necessarily feel I need to do myself, lent is an exception.
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