|It doesn’t help that
it’s incoherent, either. Really?
between peace and women
needs to be resolved? And “The Bab”
are major players all the sudden?
And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 8-26)
Does Our Lord’s concept of ‘one’ fit with the fashion of vagueness mentioned early? No! Jesus wants such unity in the Church that by merely looking at her, pagans will be impressed with the message of Christ. Now that’s some specificity. The prayer is not, “let them all believe that I am God, regardless of whether they truly believe I am bread and wine, regardless of whether they believe I’ve predestined half their numbers to hell, and regardless of their views on the taking of innocent life.” The Lord wants the Church to be one.
Here’s the deal. The Catholic Church is making the radical claim that we are the unity Christ prayed for. That we are one. That we are the Universal Church. (Spoiler Alert: Catholic means Universal). If we are wrong, then we have made the most presumptuous statement that can be made, and feel free to damn us to hell. As it turns out, we’re right, but never mind all that. The point is that the way to the unity Christ prays that we might have does not lie in vagueness, in making the message of Christianity more and more general until is unrecognizable from a rather hyped up therapy session. It lies in specificity, in unity of action and purpose that can be recognized by the world and bring them closer to God. And I don’t think it’s too much of stretch to say that pagans aren’t exactly impressed by the “unity” of Christians. Why should they be, as we speak there is a church for every idea you can have, and for any interpretation of the Bible you can make? It just ain’t right, ladies and gentlemen. We were meant for much more than vague, watered-down Christianity.
So that is why we should fight. That is why we should never shirk for fear of offending someone. That is why we should not be satisfied in the words “Well we all believe in Jesus so there’s no need for argument.” That’s like saying we all believe in the Vietnam War, so there’s no need for argument. Jesus happened. And he begs to the Father that we might be able to figure that out. So Catholics, have tradition-fueled arguments with Protestants. Protestants, have biblically-referenced arguments with Catholics. It’s what God wants. For the love of peace, fight!