Remembering the True Purpose of Lent

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Television, alcohol and sweets are a few of the things people tend to give up during Lent.

The 40-day period of fasting and prayer begins today, Ash Wednesday, and concludes the day before Easter.

But Rev. Marcus Robertson of Christ Church in Savannah, Ga., says the season is about more than giving up desires and temptations.

"It reminds us first of our mortality, that we are dust and we will return to dust," he told CBN News. "Second it reminds us of our sin, that we need to repent...that we live in a world where we need to examine ourselves, repent of our sin, return to the Lord and be strengthened in our faith."

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Robertson leads an Anglican congregation and says the time Christians take before Easter for Lent is a serious one and must me carefully thought out.

"[We] encouraged the congregation to consider declining or decreasing one's engagement in the electronic media in some specific way," he said about his church. "There are a lot of things we do in a discretionary fashion with the media that just grab us by the ear and lead us around all day."

He added that this time can also be used to spend more time with family

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