LGBT-friendly churches are planning to mix glitter with the ashes that are imposed on Ash Wednesday.
This “Glitter Ash Wednesday” event is being planned to give “an inclusive message,” showing that LGBT folks can also be Christians. Here is a link to the organizers.
So are those who are receiving ashes, along with the glitter, repenting? That is what ashes and Ash Wednesday and Lent are all about. The message from activists is usually that being LGBT is good, suggesting that there is nothing about this identity to repent about.
When the Cross is smeared on their foreheads, will they receive the words, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return”? That’s about death, the wages of sin. Ash Wednesday is supposed to face up to that. How can you glitter that up?
Will there even be a Cross on the forehead? Would you put glitter on the Cross at Calvary? The Cross is about suffering, sacrifice, atonement. What is the meaning of a glittery Cross, and how can such happy party imagery help a person who is LGBT? [Read more…]