Although I say protestant, I mean all Christians (non denoms, etc). It’s been my practice for some time now of wondering why anyone would bother with anything protestant. Let me give some examples:
1.) Protestant songs like amazing grace, away in a manger, some quaker hymn (How can I keep from singing). They sing these at Mass sometimes. My grandma told me they used to not be allowed at one time.
2.) Protestant speakers who are “experts”. Even ones respected by Catholics that I respect.
3.) Protestant “work ethic”, puritan values, etc
Basically, when I hear these things I just walk away or start ignoring. My reasoning is as follows:
1.) Why should we sing protestant songs, regardless of how catchy they are, if they were first written to drive a heresy home. Also, why should we bother with them when there are literally hundreds of Catholic songs written more beautifully with much more Catholic teachings that we never sing at Mass?
2.) Why should I bother with a speaker when he is dealing with half a deck? A Catholic priest, even if less educated has infinitely more than any protestant could ever offer me. The EUcharist, the sacraments and the mark left on his sould by God. Even if the speaker says some things that are doctrinally ok, why bother?
3.) Protestant ideals have led to increased secularism (the work ethic) and puritan values have opened the door to the rebellion in our approach to our human person and sexuality.
One point on clarification. I’m not saying “don’t bother with these people”. I’m not making any judgements on their souls. I don’t hate them, I don’t even dislike. It’s more a, why would I even waste my time with something lesser than I have?
I’m very interested and open to people’s opinions on my attitude as I know there must be a more refined way of approaching it. Thanks guys.
No…I’m not PC at all.