Those People Sin? How Convenient! We Have Something in Common!
Devotional Thought of the Day:
15 Here’s a word you can take to heart and depend on: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. I’m proof—Public Sinner Number One— 16 of someone who could never have made it apart from sheer mercy. And now he shows me off—evidence of his endless patience—to those who are right on the edge of trusting him forever. 1 Timothy 1:15-16 (MSG)
367 Among believers ( original read Catholics) it might perhaps be that some have little Christian spirit; or so it might seem to those who have dealings with them at some particular moment. But if you were to be scandalised by this fact, you would show that you knew very little about human wretchedness and… about your own wretchedness. Furthermore, it is neither just nor loyal to use the example of the weaknesses of a few to speak ill of Christ and his Church. (1)
it is a rare day when looking at facebook and twitter doesn’t cause a bit of sadness. Simply put, a lot of those who count on God forgiving their sins, forget that it is God’s desire to forgive all sinners.
Yeah – it means those people we don’t just judge but those we condemn. Politicians, athletes, movie stars, our neighbors, ex-spouses, bosses, employees, immigrants, criminals, instead of fearing God’s wrath and repenting, they feel our wrath. And that is a problem, because if they feel our wrath, they won’t know the blessing of fearing His, of having the Holy Spirit cut their hearts open and bring them healing. They won’t ask us about the mercy of God, the forgiveness poured out in love. They won’t engage us in discussion, they won’t come into our homes or invite us into theirs.
There are a lot of religions out there, there are even some that have no deity, except perhaps one’s self. Reaching them with God’s love isn’t some kind of war, some kind of argument. Even Elijah’s “battle” at Mr Carmel wasn’t a head to head battle. It was, let’s see whose God will answer prayer, let’s see whose God will reveal Himself, not for the prophet’s and priests sake, but for the sake of the people God would make his own.
When we realize we are sinners as well, there are a number of blessings that come. The first is that we can hear that our sins are forgiven. The second is that once forgiven, we can still identify with those who struggle in guilt or shame, we know what it is to deny the truth, we know the brokenness, and can speak their language and point them to the hope we know, the mercy we’ve experienced, the love that brings us comfort, and heals our brokenness.
That’s what Paul is getting at, when he says his sins top all ours. (and no that is not a challenge) That is what St Josemaria is pointing to, when he calls to mind our own wretchedness.
We have been given hope, we know we’ve been delivered from the muck and mire of sin.
They need that – and yes sin can be confronted in a way that lays out hope – that takes them along the path we’ve been on, as we come alongside them. that works a lot better than lasso’ing them and dragging them into God’s kingdom, or just leaving them in their brokenness!
Lord have mercy on us, and teach us how to have mercy on others…..
Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). Furrow (Kindle Locations 1683-1687). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.