Proclaiming a public fast to call attention to it is unChristian. Jesus Christ taught, “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:16-18 NKJV). A face marked with “ashes” should be washed. Proclaiming to others that you’re fasting makes you a “hypocrite.” And fasting like a hypocrite has no reward from God! What doesn’t please God isn’t for a Christian.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.