I hope this question isn’t offensive. It isn’t meant to be…
I was watching Fox News’ “Special Report with Brit Hume”. They had a story about the evangelical Protestant culture at the U.S. Air Force Academy out in Colorado. Apparently one chaplain advised cadets to tell their friends that “Unless you are born again you will burn in the fires of Hell”.
(Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, that’s not too far from what Jesus Christ Himself said John 3:3].)
Anyway, I was just thinking, am I offended by the evangelical culture at the USAF Academy? If the alternative is a secular culture, I think I’d prefer the evangelical. What harm could it do from a Catholic perspective? An apathetic or ignorant Catholic could go to the Academy and convert to evangelical Protestantism, I suppose.
But then I thought, well maybe I’d rather have them be committed evangelicals than apathetic, nominal “Catholics”.
But *then *I thought, but even if they’re bad Catholics, they still (presumably) receive the sacraments, and presumably receive some measure of grace from that?
I don’t know. So I’ll ask you good people … is it better to be a committed evangelical or an apathetic, ignorant Catholic; and why?