103 | Fasting — Chuck Knows Church

Posted By on December 23, 2019

(Music) (Chuck chewing) Hey (slurping) Fasting is generally thought to be a willing abstinence from food or drink or both for a certain period of time. Maybe 24 hours or even a number of days. But why should it be called fasting? I’m in no hurry to give up food. Seems like if you’re giving something up it should be called slowing… Am I right? Anyone? No? This guy knows what I’m talking about. But what about the practice of fasting when it comes to religious traditions or
beliefs or to Christianity in particular? (Sigh) Wow. It’s like somebody missed the
point didn’t they? Well that is why we are talking about
fasting on this episode of Chuck Knows Church. No more! I’m not eating any more of this. Starting after this french fry. (Chuck Knows Church theme music) Can I just have one more bite before we
we talk about fasting? I’m just going to… No no! No, I just… Ha ha! You guys! Nooooo! (Whispers) Come on. Well there’s nothing left to do I guess but talk about fasting, right? Well, the original meaning of the word
fasting meant to hold firmly and that evolved to have firm control of oneself.
To hold fast to something. To hold oneself to observance;
to speak in Shatner’s cadence. Fasting is a practice observed in
several Christian traditions particularly during the 40 days of Lent
leading to the celebration of Easter because of its strong biblical
significance. According to the Gospels when Jesus went into the wilderness it was part of his spiritual preparation. He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. But the biblical foundation for fasting was seen long before the 40 days and 40
nights Jesus spent in the wilderness. And although fasting usually refers to any
practice of restricting food the nation of Israel was rebuked for their fasting as discussed in the Book of Isaiah Chapter 58, Verses 6 and 7
where it says, “Is not this the fast that I choose,
to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and
bring the homeless poor into your house? When you see the naked, to cover him and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” So what does what does all that mean? What it’s talking about how fasting is not just giving up food or water, but it’s about obeying God’s commands to care for the poor and oppressed; to think unselfishly;
to put our attention on what God calls us to do. And that’s why during Lent,
a very personal self-reflective time some choose fasting to mean a
restriction of activities. May be eliminate watching TV or shopping. You see, we fast to take the focus off of
ourselves, away from distractions that might get in our way so that we can
turn our attention and commitment back towards God. If you would like to know
more, be sure to ask your pastor. Tell them Chuck sent you. Now can I have
my food back? My french fries and my burger? My burgers especially!

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