According to its website, First United Church of Oak Park, based in Chicago, Ill, has decided it will be fasting whiteness during this upcoming Lent season.
According to the church’s website, this means during Lent, the church “will not be using any music or liturgy written or composed by white people.”
This decision has caused a bit of reaction.
According to Fox News:
Boston Rev. Eugene Rivers III, director of the Seymour Institute, called out “wokeness gone mad” Thursday on “Fox & Friends” after a church in suburban Chicago announced they would be “fasting from whiteness” during Lent.
“To racialize the most high holy season in the Christian calendar is a case of, at best, wokeness gone mad,” Rivers told “Fox & Friends.”
“If these misguided white liberals want to do something, they need to challenge the theft and misuse of tens of millions of dollars by the Black Lives Matter organization. If you want to engage in some kind of penitent activity that focuses on justice, stop playing the race card.”
According to Roman Catholic tradition, Lent involves a 40-day period of fasting and prayer, leading up to Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. It also commemorates Jesus’ 40 day fast in the wilderness, where the Lord defeated Satan.
Traditionally, Lent involved fasting food on all Fridays and as well Ash Wednesday. However, it has grown to include moderating other forms of activity such as TV, smoking, alcohol, etc.