So this morning I wrote about the need to focus more on God than on ourselves as a way to enrich and improve our lives. And then reading the news I came across one of the most stunning things I have ever read. From USAToday this past Wednesday:
A New York-based advocacy group called Parity is asking Christians who favor LGBT equality — “queer positive Christians,” in their parlance — to show support by wearing “glitter ash” on their foreheads to mark Ash Wednesday on March 1.
“This is a way for queer Christians and queer-positive persons of faith to say ‘We are here,’” said Marian Edmonds-Allen, Parity’s executive director. “It is also a way for other people to be a witness to that and be in solidarity with them.”
I want to be very clear about something – this is vastly and hugely wrong – but not because the particulars involved anything to do with sexuality. This is wrong because to co-opt Ash Wednesday for any purpose, including worthwhile advocacy, is to cheapen and rob Ash Wednesday services of what they are really about. This would be true if it were Cleveland Browns fans trying to tell us “We are here” just as much as it is for the particular community involved to do this. This is focusing on the self instead of on God. Continue Reading