The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has called on Kirk members to find ways of being better Christians, rather than avoiding things such as chocolate, alcohol or cigarettes during Lent.
The Rt Rev Bill Hewitt says the sacrifice of time and talents in service encourages people to re-order their lives and would be much more beneficial than just giving up things for the 40-day period which recalls Jesus' sojourn in the wilderness
“This Lent I’m calling on Kirk members to take something up, rather than give something up," the Kirk Moderator declared.
He continued: “Many people use the discipline of these weeks to give up chocolate or fish suppers or the likes, but I prefer the idea of Lent being a time of giving of ourselves in service to others. This runs contrary to a culture that suggests that the only thing that motivates people is money."
Christian people, he suggested, should not be motivated by financial gain or by living hedonistic celebrity lifestyles, but instead by serving others.
“No one can fail to see the devastating effect the selfish pursuit of money has had in the financial sector and beyond. The 40 days of fasting and prayer before Easter represent the time Jesus spent in the desert overcoming the temptations to use power in the pursuit of wealth, fame and popularity," said Hewitt.