THROW ME SOMETHING MISTER

THROW ME SOMETHING MISTER

Eccl. 2:1-2 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity. I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?”

“Throw me something mister,” the familiar quote of the parade goers on Mardi Gras, or is it something more than that? There is something very familiar about this statement, something deeply connected to the longing for satisfaction and joy in each of our souls. On Mardi Gras this cry might be met with a doubloon or some beads (or something a little bit more unseemly) but obviously that is not what this giant, so called free party is all about. It’s about the cry inside of all of us “THROW ME SOMETHING MISTER”. Exactly what is it that people really hope to find that day? Are they looking for that elusive lover of their dreams (or maybe a one night stand), or maybe looking for a great buzz from the alcohol and drugs that flow freely at Carnival, or maybe just an escape from the boring humdrum of daily routines? Whatever they might be searching for, like the Preacher said, “this too is vanity and striving after wind”.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Mardi Gras is not the day we put on masks, it’s the day the masks people always wear come off. People cast off all the rules and inhibitions and just let it rip, it’s not a pretty picture. For that one day, the restraints are cast off, after all isn’t it the day God forgot? All people are doing is searching for joy, the kind that will finally satisfy, the problem is nothing in this life will satisfy our hungry hearts. Augustine experienced this pursuit of pleasure in his own life. Listen to his classic description of how he finally experienced the joy that would finally and totally end his search.

“How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose! You drove them from me, you who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure, though not to flesh and blood, you who outshine all light, yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts, you who surpass all honor, though not in the eyes of men who see all honor in themselves… O Lord my God, my Light, my Wealth, and my Salvation.”

So Mardi Gras is really just man’s feeble attempt to find something that will mask the way we feel about life, and maybe supply some momentary pleasure to help us to forget. As we endure another Carnival season and dig ourselves out of the mountains of trash, life goes on and the Preacher still cries, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity and striving after wind.” The lost continue their quest for joy, looking in all the wrong places crying out to anyone who looks their way, “Throw me something mister”.

5 Replies to “THROW ME SOMETHING MISTER”

  1. I look at Mardigras as a pool of sin. I feel were created to worship with our handslifted and shouting out to God not to be postured in the same position to man. What I see affects me. My eyes and my child’s eyes are important to me. People steak out and wait for kings and queens with anticipation to catch beads panties or whatever but in actuality that’s how we need to be waiting for the real King of glory! I refuse to be conformed into this world. Just cause I live in it doesn’t mean ill be in it.

  2. When I was a child in the late 40s, no one spoke against the
    lasciviousness that took place at Mardi Gras. It was a time for families to get together and have a good time. When I hear that today, I cringe. The blindness to the debauery that takes place during this celebration of carnal revelry saddens my soul.
    I pray for a spiritual awakening in the greater New Orleans area,
    beginning with the people who are the children of God. Only the Holy Spirit is able to open the eyes of those that are blind to the
    degradation of this so called celebration…..

  3. When I was a child in the late 40s, no one spoke against the
    lasciviousness that took place at Mardi Gras. It was a time for families to get together and have a good time. When I hear that today, I cringe. The blindness to the debauhery that takes place during this celebration of carnal revelry saddens my soul.
    I pray for a spiritual awakening in the greater New Orleans area,
    beginning with the people who are the children of God. Only the Holy Spirit is able to open the eyes of those that are blind to the
    degradation of this so called celebration…..

  4. At church last Sunday it was come up here you sinners! all of you, you sday you have no sin? than you are a liar sinners ansd saints time to get it right, The hily spirit moved very heavy, I know people got set free and some came to salvation, it was a better party than mardegrah, these are partys worth vgoing to not the ones that use to passifie our flesh, we would laugh at someone puking down their shirts, passing out on the front porch, the cops coming 2or3 times thatwas a good time? we would wake up sick worried on what we may have said or did, lots of crazy times insannnity, I love the partys the Lord has they are great!

  5. I agree with J Sallinger. I may live in this world but I do not have to comform to it. As an outsider (from Virginia) 30 years ago, I was floored by Mardi Gras. It must sadden the heart of God. Great Post Pastor Frank.

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