I was waiting for my Papist brother to comment on the Irish Referendum. He is much closer both geographically and ecclesiastically closer to that land than I am: he was not shocked, for the same people had allowed gay marriage. They are in rebellion. and he considers that the vote for abortion (and for gay marriage) is because the priests are too busy chasing other agendas and worshipping the idols of their making to preach the gospel and exegete the children.
What I would add is that the local televison news was full of joy, having a victory parade over the catholic church. They want the NZ law changed., quoting that secular Saint, Helen Clark. And the emboldened feminists want to roll Ulster into degeneration and convergence next. In both cases, by force of Parliament: Clarke bought in constitutional reforms, such as removing the Privy Council, by one vote. And this is the idol of progress.
Christianity is disappearing from this Continent because the clergy is not interested in keeping it in. This has been happening for 55 years now, and no, the efforts of the likes of John Paul The Not So Great were also way short of the mark, albeit thry appear now gigantic when compared to the deeds of our “no obsesding about abortion” jackass in white.
It is no use keeping the pious illusion that our hierarchy is merely incompetent. It is either cowardly or complicitous. Very often, it is both.
When, in one thousand years, the collapse of Christianity in the XX and XXI Centuries will be examined, there is no chance that anyone will attribute it to a wrong strategy, or to changed external influences. The Church is called to shape external influences and fight them with all her strenght, not simply acquiesce to them and say “hey, it’s the times we live in”. You can win or lose. But you fight the good fight.
Francis has shown once again that, if you asked him, he would tell you that the present times have a major problem:
They are still too Catholic.
I can easily imagine him, one day, as pit neighbour in hell of the Irish Prime Minister, who calls the pro life legislation a shame for the Country. But at least, this evil guy is not the Pope.
But this is not the teaching of the church. It is not. For those who are in rebellion there is the law, but for those saved there is grace and love.
And love cannot trump law, nor can the consequences of our actions just be undone. This is antinominalis, which used to be the besetting sin of the anabaptists, but has now been suborned by the modern socail jostice revolutionaries, who want the laws of God abolished so they can micro regulate us into slavery.
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope,
2 To Timothy, my loyal child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teach any different doctrine, 4 and not to occupy themselves with myths and endless genealogies that promote speculations rather than the divine training that is known by faith. 5 But the aim of such instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith. 6 Some people have deviated from these and turned to meaningless talk, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make assertions.
8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately. 9 This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, 10 fornicators, sodomites, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching 11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
12 I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. 16 But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
The question we have to ask is why do we let this happen. Why we do not rebel, as our forefathers did, and then Kings trembled. Why the church has lost power. The answer is not the clergy: it is us. We are broken, and we like this. We are turning to the idols of this age rather than see the truth.
When a man is spiritually broken, that brokenness propels him to fill that void in any way he can, and then he is faced with a choice: (1) to continue suffering in a broken state, (2) to turn to idols for a temporary anesthesia, or (3) turn to Jesus for healing and wholeness.
As commonly regarded by the average person, idols appear to come in various forms, be it superstars, prized possessions, an intense self-centered desire, an ego fixation, or the classic carved image of antiquity. But in the spiritual sense, idols are none of these. Instead, idols are figments of the mind and heart – figments which are believed to fulfill some missing aspect of one’s existence, and perhaps do, in some diminished fashion.
The superstar, author, actor, philosopher, hero, HB10 woman, or carved image, is merely an object which gives expression to the true nature within, and thereby improvises a temporary ‘fix’ to the brokenness.
But this expression is not full, nor true, and that is what makes idolatry debasingly evil. It only becomes full and true when the Holy Spirit fulfills and heals that broken part of the man. When one is made complete in Christ, the better nature of the regenerated man, that whom God made him to be, and intended him to become, emanates from within the man himself, and is no longer vicariously experienced through the adoration of the idolatrous object.
What are we to do now? We are to proclaime the law to sinners. It is a mercy. The hurt and offence that they have in hearing that God cannot stand us may lead to godly sorrow and repentence. Particularly when it comes to sexual sin.
And in the love of Christ and honour of our actions and faithfulness of our marriages we will grow together. We need no threatpoint , because we have the Spirit of God. And he will allow us to grow in hurful circumstances. Chhose Christ, and ignore the idols of this age.