Thursday, October 17, 2019
Gotta love. . . to hate it. . .
But of course the Jesuit has it exactly right. We have a conscience placed in us by God. We know right from wrong. It is no secret that orthodox Christianity does not embrace the sexuality of choice but affirms the Godly order of creation, male and female in a lifelong union of fidelity and fruitful love. We all know this but none of us want to hear about it and most of us don't want to hear it at all. So, of course, that is exactly why we should not repeat the Law to those who break it. We do not want to say it and they do not want to hear it. Perfect symmetry, right?
Except that this is exactly why God placed the Church on earth -- to say to us what we do not want to hear! The truth in the face of our lies or ignorance or our deliberate avoiding of the Biblical Word is precisely why we are here and why we have a voice and why the Lord has given us His Word to speak. For how else will sinners of any kind be called to repentance and come to know the extravagant mercy of God who graciously provided a scapegoat to wear all our sins and a righteous Savior to clothe us with His holiness? Why, if the Church were silent before all our sins we would be like, well, liberal Christianity?! A faith that is so weak it can only affirm and echo what people have already decided they want to hear or do not want to hear -- and that is no church at all. In fact, it is the precursor to a hell in which such lies are accompanied with the very suffering that God moved heaven and earth so that we might never know.
So thanks be to God that there are priests, pastors, and preachers who will speak the whole counsel of God's Word and address us with precisely that which we do not want to hear. For only then can we rejoice to hear the good news that is almost beyond all telling -- it is so wonderful. Christianity does not need more Fr. Martin's (at least the Jesuit kind) but the faith could well stand some blunt spoken preachers who speak the Law in all its stinging truth and the Gospel in all its sweet mercy.