As we all know, God failed miserably in His attempt to judge the heathens in New Orleans. One funny thing about that is that New Orleans, home to Mardi Gras, is actually celebrating a “Christian” holiday.
Mardi Gras, literally “Fat Tuesday,” has grown in popularity in recent years as a raucous, sometimes hedonistic event. But its roots lie in the Christian calendar, as the “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. That’s why the enormous party in New Orleans, for example, ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday, with battalions of streetsweepers pushing the crowds out of the French Quarter towards home.
I think Fat Tuesday is an excellent example of the failure of legalism. Lent is supposed to clean you up, supposed to guilt you into good behavior.
All it does is make us what we are not and the result will be a party before and after. “Hey, I did good, I deserve a break.” Or “Hey, I have to clean it up, but before I do, look out here I come!” Either way, you are serving in the letter not in the spirit.
I would also like to point out the freedom in Christ that not only could I have Fat Tuesday, but I can follow it with Fat Wednesday, Fat Thursday, Fat Friday, Fat Saturday, Fat Sunday, Fat Monday and right back into Fat Tuesday, 52 weeks a year. God is not impressed with your humility and will-worship (Colossians 2:23). He is impressed with faith that rests in His provision.