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Glitter Ash Wednesday.

So, yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and a time for Christians to repent, reflect, and fast. The idea is to echo Jesus's fasting in the wilderness and look forward to His Crucifixion on Good Friday and His Resurrection at Easter. To symbolize this, Christians put ashes on their heads, usually in the form of a cross, to symbolize our mortality and penitence.

Some churches have decided to mix glitter with the ashes in order to be more welcoming to LGBT people. I have LGBT friends and family members and I'd love for them to come to church, but this is exactly the wrong way to welcome them.

Ashes symbolize mortality and repentance. Glitter represents colorful displays and celebration. This is one of the problems with Christians embracing LGBT "pride" — there is a degree to which humility (which is the center of Christianity) is incompatible with this movement.

Not only does the Bible clearly designate homosexual activity a sin, but pride is the exact opposite of how Jesus lived His life and how He would have us live ours (Philippians 2).

Lent is about repentance, not celebration. Mixing glitter in with the ashes ruins the meaning of the day.

One final note: These churches have emphasized the importance of Christians repenting for treating LGBT people badly in the past. They are right to mention this, and we should carefully consider how to treat marginalized people. Christians should oppose LGBT pride, but we must treat LGBT people respectfully and with love. Doing so is difficult, and we must constantly repent any feelings of superiority or anger at political opponents.