Hopefully this won’t be long. However, strange as this sounds, this question has been on mind recently as I’ve been arguing with people lately with regards to fiction.
Now I don’t like to compare myself to Jesus but if there was one thing I did that He did too was that he hung out with sinners. And these weren’t just ordinary sinners. These people were deemed to be the worse of sinners of his time. The same is with me. I’m friends with a lot of liberal-minded Protestants, cafeteria Catholics, agnostics, pantheists, and even a couple of atheists. Like me though, they’re into fiction (be they writers or readers).
Unlike Jesus though, I am neither holy or charismatic enough to convert any one of them and maybe that’s a good thing (heck I HOPE it’s a good thing). The next best thing I can do though is understand how they think. From there, at least I know what it is they see in us that turn them off from the Church (and pretty much religion in general).
Now in some cases, the things they’ve got against us are too stupid to begin with. There are other cases though when their hostility is legit.
In the context of this Popular Media category, one such case is regards to our alleged attitude towards fiction.
Now I’m not gonna go into details but threads such as the recent ones on DnD and Harry Potter are just filled with examples that could prove them right.
However, whenever I go in the defense of fiction, whenever I go and dispel the so many fallacious notions that even Catholics have about it, I get labeled as:
A.) A modernist
B.) Promoter of the occult
C.) A lost and soul whose spiritual blindness makes him unaware of the 'devil’s snares’
D.) Any mix of the three or even more (which can get worse even).
Furthermore, whenever I go on the offensive and challenge the claims of so-called “spiritual warriors” regarding fiction, they get all accusatory. They ask why am I so hostile? Why do I attack they who only care for their eternal souls?
I think it’s pretty obvious that with my actual experience hearing what people from the outside say about us, I have every right to attack these claims because it’ll only prove those people right. It’ll prove them right that we are an irrational, superstitious bunch of prudes.
I don’t want that!
Does anyone else really want that?
Oh wait, I forgot. There are some people here who actually do. You know what they say? “Let them think we are stupid. They are already convicted. God did say the road to heaven was narrow. God did say only few would believe blah blah blah” or anything else along those stupid lines. You know who else has a persecution complex? Terrorists and their imams.
I thought that when God commanded us to evangelize, we were supposed to guide people to the faith, not give 'em a reason to turn around with their noses up and say “Hah! It’s as I thought!” I thought the saints were all about trying to get people to love God and the Faith, not hate them.
I mean true we shouldn’t compromise but there’s a fine line between putting your foot down on an issue after an exhausting debate and just simply covering your ears and shouting out your opponent without even putting up much of a decent argument.