In the movie Dangerous Minds, at one point a student goes to his principal and is sent away for not knocking. As a result of being sent away the student is subsequently killed having not found the help he seeks…
In trying to bring new or lapse into the Church, we often hear the negativity of people toward “hypocrites in church” but that is the bad people pretending to be good. What about the GOOD people who send away the student?
If my point gets through, what is worse? Not knocking on the door? Or sending the student to be killed?
The principal did not know the student was going to be killed, the principal was not a “bad” man nor a hypocrite. But look what happened. So when Catholics (really any denom) are dealing with people if we over value the door knock we are sending people away, in this case a spiritual death.
This is of particular interest for me because I found humans my greatest obstacle in coming to the church and God in general. How many are like me in the world?
I ask to the people who are easily offended, the people who would walk fast away from a tattooed smoking person who uses a 4 letter word or tells a dirty joke…how many people could be being sent to a spiritual death as they run from God because they see you stand in their way?
I can’t answer “what to do about it” because I am not on the other side. So I wonder if there is someone who can bridge this gap and is like the principal but could suggest and idea that would help not have these people sent away?*