Every year as winter turns to spring, white Christians begin their annual tradition of giving up something for Lent. The Lenten season is meant as a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter. Traditionally, personal sacrifices are made during this time in attempt to bring Christians closer to God.
It's also the time of year where white Christians are sure to give up something completely insignificant for Lent like chocolate, cheese, or cola. Lenten sacrifices are frequently a delightful hybrid of sacred covenant and dietary convenience. Food sacrifices combined with it's calendar convenience (only a few weeks after they abandoned the original resolution), make Lent the white Christian's "New Years Resolution 2.0." Why are they willing to make such sacrifices? Because abstaining from chocolate is an exact parallel to the suffering that Jesus endured on the cross.
Many white Christians get peer-pressured into Lent. The question "What are you giving up for lent?" is regularly asked, implying that EVERYONE gives something up for lent. In this case, fast-thinking white Christians (typically unwilling to part with culinary delights), will cleverly give up abstract concepts such as "The rat race," or "negativity."
Catholic white Christians often wonder why Protestant white Christians partake in something that is largely a Catholic observance. For some unknown reason, Protestant white Christians have Lent sympathy-pains. It's the one season each year that wanna-be Catholics permeate the Protestant white Christian masses.
Hard core white Christian protestants, of course, take it up a notch and join the world's 1.14 Billion Catholics in the annual global freak-out that is the Ash Wednesday. It's the one day each year that co-workers world-wide wonder, "What's with that guy's forehead? Does he work in a coal mine?"
SWCL helpful hint: For next year's Lent sacrifice, consider giving up "giving things up for lent" for lent.