Christian life is faith in Christ, not faith in an ideology about Christ.
- I’m not a member of the Catholic Church but I happen to agree with Pope Francis here:
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge’ [cf. Lk 11:52]. The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”
- You can read more about his remarks in this article Pope Francis at Mass Calls for Greater Openness.
- I do believe it is important that we not confuse faith in Jesus to faith in an ideology we believe about Jesus, for when we do then we are sure to make disciples of our ideology rather than disciples of Jesus.
Helping those in need and the ministry of benevolence.
- Many churches struggle with their benevolence ministry. For sure, there are people willing to take advantage of charity and will even attempt deception in doing so. But…
- We should never throw in the towel, so to speak, out of frustration because there are many people who are in need and do not know where to turn.
- Benevolence is always an opportunity to extend the love of God to our neighbor, giving them a glimpse of who Jesus is.
- I’m thankful also for other citizens like this police officer in Florida who recognized a mother’s desperation that led to shop-lifting but chose to buy her a $100 worth of groceries instead of arresting her (click on the link provided to watch the CNN video).
So what’s on your mind that can help us live as better ministers?