The radical left have made substantial inroads in most American institutions, if not all, over the last two decades and religion can now be added to their list of gains — at least, in the city of Chicago it can.
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, which touts itself as “a progressive Lutheran congregation” on its website, had a pastor dressed in drag lead a sermon for children last Sunday — all in the name of inclusion, of course.
Aaron Musser, a newly ordained pastor, said in a Facebook post that instead of telling people how they should be joyful, he was showing them what makes him joyful, suggesting that his attire was a dress rehearsal for the ultimate joy experienced upon the return of Jesus Christ, the Washington Examiner reported.
“It’s been so hard to know what that joy will be because it’s been so long since some of us have been joyful. It’s been a difficult and tiring couple of years,” Musser said. “And I decided instead of telling you, ‘This is how I want you to be joyful,’ as we prepare for this dress rehearsal, I figured I would instead put on a dress as so many who have inspired me have done. I decided to follow their example, showing that liberation from oppressive laws clears a path for joy.”
“But allowing yourself to feel joy can be scary. I wasn’t sure how the outside world would handle me when they saw me this morning. Joy is difficult to feel, it’s vulnerable. But isn’t it so beautiful?” he added.
St. Luke’s added this message on Friday: “Hi everyone— We’ve frozen comments on this post for the time being. We appreciate all the love and encourage you to keep praying for full inclusion, affirmation, and justice for LGBTQIA+ people in the church.”
In promoting the stunt leading up to last Sunday, the church encouraged children to participate, posting: “Seminarian Aaron is our preacher, and he’s preaching in drag! We invite you to wear garments/accessories that make you feel 100%, like the best version of yourself.”
In a video shared by the Daily Mail, Musser is heard asking the children if they have ever seen a drag queen as the proceeds to attempt to normalize the behavior, clearly excited that this was a firt for them as they all answered no.
“I have an awesome story to share with you today,” he then said, as he began tossing hair from side to side in a dramatic fashion. “I am also a boy most of the time when I’m here, but today, I’m a girl.”
The church’s “welcome statement” is chock full of liberal code-speak, as seen here:
- We, at St. Luke’s, strive to be a radically welcoming congregation.
- We affirm all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and other diverse backgrounds. Wherever you are from, whatever you believe or doubt, you are loved by God and by us.
- We are on a journey toward antiracist and anti-oppression transformation, seeking to inhabit these values as lifelong spiritual practices.
Turns out, this is not the first time a church has featured a drag queen.
The Calvary United Methodist Church, in Durham, North Carolina, held an event called “Drag Me to Church” in April 2019 in support of the LGBTQ community.
“It brings such good and positive energy, which is really what we wanted this to be about,” Calvary UMC Pastor Chris Agoranos said at the time.
The event was held after leaders with the United Methodist Church decided to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage, and ordaining LGBTQ clergy, CBS affiliate WNCN reported.
“Our voice of resistance to that is to be a space of celebration, that holds space for everybody, that loves and affirms everybody,” Agoranos said.
More recently, an Indiana pastor was relieved of his duty following an appearance in drag on HBO’s “We’re Here.”
Pastor Craig Duke was forced out of his pastoral functions at Newburgh United Methodist Church after intense backlash.
“You can’t do a drag show like this in southern Indiana and not offend someone,” he said in the episode, noting that the community is conservative. “I’m hoping it’s a bridge for my daughter, for the church I serve, for the denomination I love and for me. And I’m hoping that my voice will become stronger.”
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