I think that the Ash Wednesday disconnect between Jesus' admonition in Matthew and the liturgical direction to wear ashes on our heads can be confusing. In honor of that conundrum, I want to offer this video of the "crowning" of Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth here in Atlanta. He has been at the center of some really horrible controversies as of late. In response to the controversies, his mega-congregation showed their support for him and his ministry with this ceremony.
As a matter of personal practice, I try really hard not to judge other people's religious practices or beliefs. I think there are many many many ways to see the face of God in worship. But this? This is exactly what Jesus was talking about: hypocrisy.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter, friends! Comment away!