Our world and the Church seem to be totally confused. The Church may know what it is supposed to be doing but many Catholics think the Church is supposed to do what is popular, what the people want rather than what God wants. We are influenced too much by the world, a world that is steeped in sin.
For most of us the main purpose of the Church is to help us get into heaven. Whether modern society believes in Heaven or Hell doesn’t matter when we die. The issue becomes whether God believes in Heaven and Hell. According to the Bible He does and no opinion poll, survey or New Age teaching will change that.
We live in a society that has decided that polls should decide what is right or wrong if anything is wrong anymore. We live in a society that doesn’t care what God thinks, that only cares about God during disasters and ignores Him the rest of the time. We do whatever we want as long as it is legal, well most of the time it is legal.
To God we live in a world of sin. We are so accustomed to the filth that we fail to recognize it. We dress like the rest of society even to mass on Sunday and think nothing of it. So often we brag about our sins and don’t even realize we’re doing it.
What is the role of the Church supposed to be in this day and age? Are we supposed to turn a blind eye and keep our mouth shut? That is what the world would like us to do on abortion, homosexuality and other issues. We’re told to keep Church and state separate. How can a Church stay silent?
Would it be really love to leave you sitting literally in a pig sty? Is it really love to leave you wallowing in sin? Is it really love to allow you to hurt yourself and others? The sad reality is that sin hurts. We suffer because of our sins and so often children suffer from the sins of their parents. Should all of this emotional or physical pain be ignored? Is this the kind of love Christ calls us to?
How can the Church stay silent? How can it not point to a better way to live? How can it not call us to repentance and reconciliation? There is so much pain in the world caused by our sins, it is impossible to be silent.
What does Jesus think? Does He not suffer to see so many of His children in pain? Isn’t the Church supposed to represent Him on earth? How can they not call people to repentance, reconciliation and prayer? How can we not offer the only true hope there is for us?
I knew a priest fresh out of seminary. He was in his first assignment and passionately preached the need for repentance, reconciliation and prayer. He got so many complaints about his sermons because talking about sin made people feel uncomfortable. I gave him a hat to wear that said Jesus is my boss. We forget so often that priests are answerable to God that they have to account to God for their failure to answer His call. They are supposed to be guided by the Holy Spirit not society.
All of us need to remember that Jesus is our boss. We too are called to take a stand against the sin in the world and refuse to cooperate with evil. We need to take a good look at our lives and not be afraid to be considered out of step with the times or old-fashioned because we dress and speak modestly. We need to look seriously at what we wear, watch, listen to or read.
We need to ask ourselves if immorality has slipped into our lives. Are our values those of God or the world? Where do we need to change?
All of us should discover so much that God would want to change in our lives. So much of today’s media is offensive in the eyes of God? We all know about the nudity and language and many of us avoid that. But what about the other values they promote towards sex, marriage, drugs and violence? Are they God’s values?
You would be amazed at how often things fly under the radar. We’re so accustomed to it that you don’t think about it. Maybe you don’t see sex on-screen but you know two characters are having an affair. It is so common on TV that you don’t even think about it.
As a six grade teacher I always had my religion class write a composition analyzing one of the TV shows they watched from God’s perspective. It was funny because most of them felt uncomfortable writing about the shows they usually talked about and instead wrote about Full House which was in reruns. It is sad that even in the so-called Family Hour they had difficulty finding shows that they believed God would approve. Where does that leave the rest of us?
We need to wake up to all of the sinfulness that surrounds us? We need to be grateful to those who answer God’s call to warn us.
Lord, help us to be grateful for our modern-day prophets. Help us to open our eyes and see the world as You see it. Amen