Choose. This. Day.

BroadandNarrowWay

Evidently, there was an internet hate-off while I was off unpacking my office and getting acquainted with The Precious.

I won’t go into the details because I don’t know the details, and also because I can see from a distance that the details are rife with petty malice, self-righteous viciousness and lies.

It seems that Pope Francis kissed somebody’s hand and one of my colleagues said something about heresy and, of course, the money changer christians are all in a big kerfluffle because the Pope, once again, spoke out in favor of the poor. What’s more, he did this in direct violation of their true theology.

That theology is the self-serving, greed-driven Ayn-Rand-derived neo-con economic theory/theology that is being put on the altars of a lot of Christians’ hearts these days. It is being blessed and promoted in direct contradiction to the teachings of the law and the prophets and Christ the Lord by sin-sick clergy who are twisting the Scriptures to suit the politics of the destructive wing-nuts on the right of the political spectrum.

I’ve written extensively about the wing-nuts on the left of the political spectrum and their Gospel-twisting clergy. But from what little I know, this particular hate-off was fueled and carried forth by the right-wing-nuts of today’s culture/politics-worshipping fallen (little c) christianity.

I’m quite certain that a lot of Public Catholic’s readers are going to come at me with pitchforks and torches for saying this, but my friends, you have got to choose. Follow Christ, or follow the apologists of your political party. You can not serve them both and you cannot follow them both.

On the one hand, we have the arguments of those who buttress claims that Jesus really supports abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia, etc. They use distorted lying interpretations of Scripture to support what is in fact, anti-Christ. On the other hand, we have those who claim that Jesus really supports transferring the wealth of the people into the hands of a few greedy campaign donors and impoverishing the people of this great nation in the process. They use their own distorted, lying interpretations of Scripture to support what is also and in fact, anti-Christ.

What is the difference between them?

Nothing.

They are two sides of the same coin. And they both are leading people down the wide path that goes straight to a hell that exists on this earth and in the next life simultaneously. We are making a hell of this heaven with our politicized christianities.

You cannot — can not — follow either of these heretical (there’s that word) — self-serving, false and evil wing nut christianities and follow Jesus. It is not possible. It cannot be done.

Choose this day, people. Choose who you will serve. Will you walk down the wide road of political expedience and ez-pz morality crafted by the lying liars of politicized little c christianity? Or will you and your house serve the Lord?

The christianity being taught by the wing nuts on both sides of the political spectrum is not the Christianity that leads to eternal life. This bastardized christianity is from the pit, and it leads straight back to the pit. There is no life in these teachings; no Gospel, no Jesus. They come from people who have sold their souls to the political store. Their words are justifications of evil. They are teachings for and about themselves, their greed, and their fallenness. They are not in any way about Him.

Which is why their fruit is lynch mob carrying-on on the internet and in other places. Their fruit is death, dissolution, impoverishment of the many for the few and destruction. They lead people into self-righteousness and crazy viciousness. They fuel slander, malice, envy and an endless cycle of cruel, hate-filled attacks that resemble a debauch more than a discussion.

The internet is full of what amounts to verbal orgies of hatred, directed in the name of Christ — in the name of Christ — at anyone who disagrees with the gospel of wing-nut political christianity.

I looked over the rim of my week off and saw the destructive hate-off. I saw it and I thought, there they go again. I can tell you that from that safe distance it was clear to me that satan was running the show. We are living in times when our world is falling away from Christ. The exhortations and temptations to fall with it are varied and many. But the most sinister come from fallen christians who try to induce us to live by the world’s lights while proclaiming that we are following Him.

Is that heresy? I don’t know. I’m not theologian enough to say. But it is blasphemy. It is taking the Lord’s name in vain. Of that I am entirely certain.

Here, for your delectation, are a few random quotes, pulled from my rather spotty memory. Read them and think. And stop supporting fallen religious leaders and political demagogues who have the temerity to lecture God on morality.

Cboose. This. Day.

Who said that?

Money is the root of all of evil.

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

Do not store up treasures on earth … store up treasures in heaven … for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

If you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me.

You cannot serve both God and money.

My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.

But the deceitfulness of riches and desire for other things enter in and choke the word and it becomes unprofitable.

What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his own soul?

Who said that?

Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied.

The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.

Do not be hard hearted or tight fisted toward your poor brothers and sisters.

You have hoarded wealth in the last days. The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you.

If a man shuts his ear to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.

He who mocks the poor shows contempt for his maker.

The righteous care about justice to the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord.

A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.

Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court, for the Lord will take up their case and will plunder those who plunder them.

Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath.

  • SisterCynthia

    Amen. It is always “this day,” and always a choice. It’d be great to one day discover you don’t need to constantly consciously CHOOSE, but frankly I don’t think THAT day will come outside of Heaven. In the now, tho it does get a little easier as you consistantly walk with Him, the subtle snakes will always whisper, squeeze, shout and fang you in hopes of getting you away from the Lord of Life and onto their side. We have to stand with Moses, Joshua, David, Peter, and St. Benedict: choosing this day to serve the Lord and no Other.

    • hamiltonr

      Amen Sister. Well said.

  • SisterRose

    The love of money is the root of all evil :-)

  • Madzi

    Outstanding, as always, Rebecca. My friends and I have an email group and we discuss current events from a Catholic perspective. One woman dropped out because her politics crowded out the pope. We had come to the conclusion that soon we, as Catholics, will have to choose between Jesus and the world. So…who’s “the world?” Our friends? Family? Neighbors? Co-workers? Bosses? The man or woman in the pew behind you? All of them, it seems. And the time isn’t “soon,” it’s today. You got it so right, Rebecca. We have a pope now that is illustrating, daily, what it means to follow Christ. We don’t dare dismiss him or ignore him!
    Years ago an online priest in the old AOL Catholic forum told us, “When in doubt, look to the Chair of Peter.” I never forgot that. And today, we can all look to the Chair of Peter and be confident that, as difficult as it might get, as painful and frightening as it might become, we can follow the example and exhortations of our Holy Father and remain faithful to the Gospel. We must!

    • hamiltonr

      Beautiful comment Madzi. Thank you.

  • peggy-o

    No jeers here only Cheers! Amen and Right on. I’ve long let go of any liberal points of view that went against Christ and the fullness of his teachings of love and truth. These are much higher levels of thinking and living than any political system. I feel particularly strongly regarding His gospel teaching regarding paying “men” their fair wages and not placing undue burdens on people these days. Keep reminding us Rebecca and thanks.

  • hamiltonr

    :-)

  • fredx2

    Although you are essentially correct – the Popes constantly insist that Christianity means sharing our bounty with others – I think the reason there is some criticism from the right is this: We have pretty much figured out that free markets are what lifts entire nations out of poverty. Well regulated free markets are what the poor need – on the public level. What will cripple this effort is any attempt to go back to public control of the economy, which has failed miserably so many times, causing widespread misery of untold proportions. Look at India, for example. So long as she was primarily socialist, famines existed there, poverty was the only thing people had to look forward to, etc. Once they became more free market oriented, their economy took off, generating large sums of money that could be used to help the poor.
    So, the comments made by the Pope sometimes seem to encourage socialism over capitalism. That is not helpful to the poor. However, when read closely he is just saying that unregulated capitalism will not by itself solve the problem.
    On the private level, of course everyone should do more to help the poor. Especially those with more money.

  • Smithgift

    A stark reminder to us all. One quibble: The full quote (KJV) is “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted
    after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through
    with many sorrows,” which is much more dire. Also, it’s not the money itself that’s evil. If I have a hundred-dollar bill in my pocket, and there’s a starving child in front of me, it’s not the Benjamin that’s sinned.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X