I grew up in DeRidder, Louisiana, a small town in the southwestern portion of the state. My town straddled the border area between the largely Protestant northern part of the state and the largely Roman Catholic southern part. Consequently, Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists (et al.) and Roman Catholics were fixtures in the religious life of our little town. Thus we were no strangers to Mardi Gras revelry. In fact, we got time off from school every year for a week long “Mardi Gras” break.
So when I read Russell Moore’s reflection today about Baptists and Mardi Gras, it really rang true to me. I am sure that it will ring true to many of my fellow Southern Baptists who were reared in the South. It’s titled “Mardi Gras Culture in Bible Belt America.” You should read this one. It is really good.
But what is the best way to step outside our culture and see the rampant sin?