Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray: Louisville Church Puts on Drag Show Event

“It is written, he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” – Matthew 21:13

On June 30th, Calvary Episcopal Church in Louisville hosted an event it called “Drag Me to Church: A Gospel Drag Show.” At the event, inside the beautiful 130-year-old church, were six drag queens who performed a wide range of music that included Gospel and secular songs.

The rector of Calvary Episcopal Church is Rev. Lee Franklin Shafer, and she has made it clear through public comments that she feels like embracing the LGBTQ+ community is more important than ever because, in her wrong opinion, the Kentucky legislative session was loaded with “anti-LGBTQ+” bills. Rev. Shafer said, “With the political climate and just the climate in the world I wanted them (LGBTQ+ community) to know there are people, who are willing to say, we love you, and we welcome you.”

It is important to note, that from a Biblical point of view, it is completely contradictory for a church to host a “Gospel” drag show. Here is why, a drag show is outside of Biblical bounds as it is a show celebrating sexual perversion and what God has condemned as sin (Deut. 22:5, Romans 1:26-27).

Furthermore, the Gospel’s message is that we have all sinned, but if we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we will be forgiven and freed from the bondage of sin (1 John 1:9). The Gospel teaches that through the power of Christ, although we fail at times, we can live a life that fights against sin and not one that celebrates it.

Simply put, there is nothing Gospel about a drag show, and this event is nothing short of offensive to Almighty God. It must be said, any “church” that puts on an event that celebrates sin is in actuality no Biblical church at all.


Father, please open the eyes of those at Calvary Episcopal Church to realize that celebrating sin is a great offense to You. Lord, we praise You that while we were yet sinners You died for us to free and empower us to live a life that glorifies You. Father, help us to always defend the truth of the Gospel message. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.