by Fr Richard Heilman | August 11, 2018 10:45 AM
There was a discussion not too long ago, and in came the knock/jab (I guess?) that being a “culture warrior” is not appropriate … that most bishops have a distaste for culture warriors. We’re told that our words are unChristlike, degrading, and divisive towards our brothers and sisters. The argument states that Jesus or Pope Francis would never say “mean things” or act this way, but only ever responded in love and lifted people up.
First, let’s start with Pope Francis. Here’s a few of his “greatest hits”: Functionary! Sourpuss! Rigid! Rosary Counters! Self-absorbed, Promethean Neo-Pelagian! Little Monster!, etc., etc., etc.. Sooo, there is that.
Let’s face it, we are living in an emasculated, “Participation Trophy,” “Safe-Space” culture. Everyone is offended (Triggered) about everything. Unfortunately, this has led many Church leaders to recoil in “calling out the culture.” Our churches must be safe spaces where nobody is offended or triggered by anything or anybody.
Wrong! What is desperately needed in our times is for more leaders to put on their big boy pants and start shining a bright light of truth on the demonic evil that is destroying the lives of their flocks.
For those who keep portraying Jesus as some effeminate hippy tip-toeing through the tulips, while never offending anyone because, you know, Jesus never said “mean things,” I urge you to read the lives of the martyrs who were killed, precisely, because they spoke against the evils in the culture (culture warriors!). Also, I urge you to actually read the Bible …
And perhaps the harshest thing Jesus ever said (or will say) is:
But we’re not Jesus, so we shouldn’t talk to people this way, it just turns people away from Christ, right? Wrong! The Apostle Paul explains in 2 Corinthians 4 that the open statement of the truth is the only commendable method of carrying forth the Great Commission. Watering down Jesus’ words with a veil of niceness is “cunning” and “underhanded,” according to Paul. The Word of God serves two purposes; either it draws God’s people to Him, or it further hardens the hearts of those not called. But Paul clearly teaches that blunt speaking, even using harsh words when needed, is how we should carry forth the gospel and defend the truth.
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. — 2 Corinthians 4:1-6
[Portion Contributed by Pulpit & Pen]
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