Many of us from our church are on a 28 day fast. We know that there are many in the world who are suffering all sorts of oppression and that God is not a fan of this. People do not have drinkable water, lack food each day, are not protected against malaria, continue to be captured and trafficed as sex slaves, remain homeless. etc. God’s people, Christians, should not only care about this stuff, we should act. The goal is to give up something you enjoy for 28 days as you do, let it break you down. Become more dependant on God, and channel that struggle, hunger, and desire to serve a cause. Write letters, save and send money, pray or go out and act.
Here is the thing. I gave up meats and sweets. Many have already said how this is such a big deal. Truth is, with will power, you can do anything for 28 days. I am no hero. What I see in myself though, and in others, is how quickly sin can creep into anything, including a thing like this. It becomes look at what I am giving up, rather than seeing the fast as the vehicle to let God use you to make a difference for a cause for those who are really suffering. Big deal, I won’t have Chipolte or Culvers. (Trust me, my body has plenty stored up) But what is cool is to think how God could use this fast to spur me to fight against malaria (the cause that I have picked). I need to die to the pride of look at poor old me and focus on the task/ opportunity.
For those joining me on this journey, keep the proper perspective. Your cause not your fast.