Friday, June 26, 2015
The snakes return to Ireland. . .
How did this happen?
Some will say money helped -- the money from the left leaning agencies especially across the Atlantic. Yes, I suppose that did help. Some will say lack of any political will or opposition helped -- the politicians certainly abandoned traditional marriage from the Prime Minister all the way on down with but a few lone voices to reject the change.
But how could a country with so many people raised Roman Catholic, catechized in the faith and more practicing that faith than other nations of Europe, suddenly vote by more than 60% to reject church teaching? There can be only one answer. Catechesis was not effective, the faith was not really taught, and the people were left without much of a moral compass either by the teachers of the faith or by the leaders of the church in Ireland.
This is a warning shot across the bow of those who would teach the faith to children. You cannot half-halfheartedly teach the faith, allow "conscience" to trump the Word of God, and leave it up to the people to figure out on their own what is right and wrong and then end up with any semblance of orthodoxy. Teaching the faith means teaching the faith. Teaching the faith means addressing Scripture as the highest truth that not even conscience can deny or dispute. Teaching the faith means insisting that conscience calls us to affirm the Word of the Lord and not deny its teaching.
Wherever you find people falling away, you can almost always find a failure of teaching. Whether you call it catechesis or not, whether it happens in the home or in the church, without faithful teaching the faith will not be faithful. We do not do anyone much service by teaching them our own doubts or struggles as a substitute for Thus saith the Lord. Nor do we provide any benefit to the student by suggesting that what we believe, confess, and teach is anything less most certainly true.
For too long we have been more interested in whether people liked us than they believed in the unchanging truth of God's Word faithfully confessed in every generation. And what we ended up with is a cultural Christianity which finds little contradiction between voting for marriage without distinction as to sex and thinking themselves faithful Christian folk.
Better a smaller church in which people know and believe and confess the yesterday, today, and forever faith than a bigger church in which we pick and choose what we will believe as if doctrine were a smorgasbord and the biggest factor was personal preference.
The snakes have returned to Ireland and they will not be far behind in other places unless we teach our children well. . .