4-16-06

National Public Radio (NPR) was interviewing the minister of a liberal New York church this week about “What are you giving up for Lent?”

Various callers spoke with him about giving up “chocolate, wine, snapping at the family,” etc.

The interview and caller responses went on for half an hour. “Giving up for Lent” was likened by some to “Ramadan, another high and holy time” [Ramadan is a Muslim observance of self-denial for the good of the soul.] Not once in the entire time did I hear the name of Christ invoked.