Lent is supposed to be a 'period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial (emphasis mine) traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations'. Of course, we can't be having that whole self-denial thing, now, can we? Not in our modern, hurry-hurry, rush-rush society. So, what to do, what to do?
I know - drive-through repentance.
That's right, folks. If you don't really want to make the effort to, you know, actually go to church and get your ashes, there are 'churches' out there which'll meet you in the parking lot – or wherever – and give 'em to ya. No muss, no fuss, no effort, none of that actually having to attend services to get your ashes.
And who's behind this blasphemy? Well, it started out back in 2007, when 'Reverend' Theresa K.M. Danieley started passing out ashes outside of a coffeehouse. Ms Danieley happens to be an Episcopal 'priest' – a denomination which is hemorrhaging members over its embrace of progressive leftist ideology.
The 'Reverend' Aaron Lane thinks this is a great idea – he believes 'it could be a first step back for some people who haven't been to church in years'. Of course, he just happens to be the pastor of an ELCA Church - another denomination which has embraced secular leftism and is bleeding members. And I have to admit I'm skeptical in regard to his hopefulness: if you can't get people out of their cars and into the church to attend a one-hour service so they can get their ashes, what makes you think you're going to get them to come to church on a regular basis?
I wouldn't put it past these liberal denominations to eventually provide drive-through communion services, as well. I mean, it's not like they're actually preaching and teaching the word of God.