If you’re wondering why so many people look like they didn’t wash their foreheads today, they just went to church. For those who follow the church calendar, today is Ash Wednesday. The ceremony on this day is marked by the imposition of the ashes, in which the clergy marks an ashen cross across worshippers’ foreheads and proclaim: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
While this day officially marks the beginning of the season of Lent, that statement reminds us of three very important things. First, we are not ok. We are guilty of participating in the first Adam’s sin. Second, we are mortal. Our culture’s fascination with never growing old, and indulging in distraction after distraction does not change the fact that this life one day will end. Third, in light of the first two, since life here is temporal and fragile, our greatest needs are spiritual not physical and are met by the one God who became flesh, died, and rose again. For thePointRadio, I’m John Stonestreet.