[quote=SojournerOf78]Last I heard us Catholics are about 1,200,000,000 strong and there are around 800,000,000 Protestants. That makes up 1/3 of the population of the earth.
Why is their even persecution? Put together that is a huge ARMY!! If I was some dood in the Sudan, I wouldnt want to mess with a 2 Billion strong Army by martyring the Christians…So why arent they afraid of our numbers???
Oh maybe its because we dont really do anything and who is scared of as little sissy that welcomes persecution?..why do we act this way? Where did Jesus teach us to WILLFULLY accept persecution?? Didnt Jesus teach us to love our neighbor?? Why dont we protect eachother??
I keep running into this mindset that we just have to accept whatever befalls us WITHOUT EVEN TRYING TO OVERCOME BY THE ABILITIES GOD HAS GIVEN US…its like a roll over and take it attitude among Christians.
The Jesus I read about in scriptures, the Jesus I know said …‘Now I say to you, he that has no sword let him sell his garment and buy one’…
What else is a sword good for other than combat???
So the question is…WHY DONT WE FIGHT?
What is the reference for “Now I say to you, he that has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one?” I was going to look it up in the commentary section.
I am not a pacifist. I believe in legitimate defense and coming to the aid of my neighbor when in danger of limb and life.
As it comes to the literal meaning of the word “sword” you might want to consider what Jesus said in Mat. 26, 52 when the intent was to use it as an attack weapon: Put back your sword in its place; for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword.
We might be a huge army, but we are certainly not a very effective one. The greater part of this army is as flabby as can be.
Wasn’t it the Devil who told St John Vianney that if there were only 10 of his kind, they would conquer him in this world.
Why is there even persecution? Because of what it says in Eph. 6, 12: For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the Principalities and the Powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness on high.
The Militant Church on earth does not use vigorously enough the weapons at its disposal as it is described in Eph 6, 10-17 as The Armor of God. Furthermore, as Christian, we donot stay in shape with the exercises necessary to enter this (spiritual) battlefield: prayer, lots of it, (just read a private revelation that we should say each day 15 decades of the Rosary, how many pray even one Rosary?) Fasting, sacrifical denials, offerings, etc.
We as christians are supposed to live as sojourners (citizens) in this world, but not as *citizens of this world. *Most of us are just that, citizens of the world. We have become indistinguishable from the rest of the people of the world. How often have you not heard the song: And they know we are Christians by our love, by love - and they know we are Christian by our love. Don’t you almost want to say: “Where? Where are these loving Christians?”
I can understand your indignation why we as Catholics don’t have greater influence on society. I have felt the same many times. However, if you want to see a Catholic in action wielding his sword valiantly and effectively look up William Donohue at www.catholicleague.org.
If we as Catholics want to become more effective we have to do it Jesus’ way: fight the battle on a spiritual level. Our powerbase will spread when each catholic makes a drastic change in lifestyle. And then I wont feel so silly singing And they know we are Christians by our love, by our love…