I understand some people feel like tweeting one's own ashy forehead is flip, but I don't agree. If people want to go to a church service on Ash Wednesday just so later they can put up a selfie? I'm okay with that! I'm certainly not going to lash out at them! In fact I took my own selfie on Wednesday. It wasn't exactly for social media, but in large part to note how swollen my jaw was after I fell and slammed my face onto a ledge. (You might say, I crashed before I ashed.) Was it in front of bleachers full of people? Yes, actually. I wish I had given up public humiliation for Lent.
Frankly, I think Ash Wednesday selfies are an awesome way for non-believers to see how many people from how many walks of life are honoring God by kicking off Lent by visiting His house for some worship. I say next year we blow up some Twitter feeds and abuse that #ashtag. "Like" some ashy Instagram pics. Facebook our ashes.
I pray Jesus is trending. Not just during Lent, but year round.