I wonder if he would spend most of his time going around trying to defend the Catholic faith, or would he spend his time living it. This is a critical question I believe deserves some serious reflection by all of us.
It amazes me how many discussions I get into with people about Christianity, Catholicism, spirituality, etc, that involve defending some of the least important aspects of our faith and of our reason for living. And maybe not so much that they’re not important on their own merit, but relative to God’s will for us and our mission in life to serve God and our fellow neighbor’s in need. One might argue that salvation is the primary need, but nobody’s going to listen to a sermon regarding salvation on an empty stomach. So here are a few poignant questions:
Does God care more about whether we pray to Mary or whether we pray for our enemies?
Does God care more about what sacraments are part of our faith or that we extend God’s grace to those in need?
Does God care more about whether we believe He’s physically present in the Eucharist or that He’s present in our daily lives as we interact with our brothers and sisters?
Does God care more about whether you attend mass every sunday or that you attend to His gentle whispers as He attempts to guide us in His will for us?
Does God care more about whether we can successfully defend arguments for sola scriptura or that we can defend our daily actions as those that reflect Christ’s words in the beattitudes?
Does God care more about proving he exists or demonsrating by our actions that we believe God exists and that God is Love?
Now before you immediately hit reply and begin a lengthly defense thesis, just take some time to reflect on some of this stuff. Trust me, I’d be the first one to jump right in and start typing. But I often thing we rush to defend ourselves - not sure why. Sometimes I think it might be pride - to show how much we know. Maybe it’s just human nature.
But we have so many basic problems in the world that I wonder how much time we really have to be arguing about some minor details of our faith. We need to be doing God’s will. Letting go of our material ways, taking the time to be thankful for what we have rather than constantly wanting something more (in a material sense), becoming more aware of the needs within our community, getting more involved in our church and its outreach ministries, tending to the needs within our own family, etc, etc.
What did I do tonight. I sat around watching TV and then goofed around on the computer for a while. Is that part of God’s will? As a Christian, is there really anything appropriate for me to be watching on TV? I can’t see me watching 99% of what I watch if Jesus were sitting on the couch next to me. If Christianity is what the United States was founded on and still the major religion in the US, then the movie industry should be going broke with what they’re producing. But we continue to pay to see movies every day that contradict Christian values. I can’t imagine Jesus paying to see any of those movies - so why should we.
Any way - just food for thought. Mostly for myself since I think about this quite often and still find it difficult to make progress in my daily walk. But I guess I feel these are the daily whispers of God gently trying to lead me and felt inspired to share with others.
Please don’t take this as an attack on those defending their faith. I’m just trying to get people thinking out there.