The Catholic Dilemma

 

No, I’m not Catholic, I’m Christian.

I was never a good Catholic. But I was a good spiritual seeker outside of Christianity for 20 years so I learned a lot about what doesn’t work, and I fortunately was called back to Christ. I felt pushed out of Catholicism for my discounting  the sacraments, my indifference to lighting candles, my disinterest in hearing about the saints long departed, and my boredom in hearing only droplets of the bible at mass. Now, as I try to wiggle myself back into the hands of Christ’s people, I again feel inadequate as many hypocrites surround me.

Some overzealous Born-Agains, conservative Fundamentalists, and one-note Evangelicals might  have opinions about someone like me. But they are judging from a critical position and not one of understanding. When I hear some of these “true Christians” as they call only themselves, (certainly no one who keeps to being a Catholic, for instance, is a “true Christian,” they’d say), I feel I am not enough, although I know I am enough for Christ. I feel persecuted for being me– a little flighty with my playful irreverence to pious haughtiness, embracing the full range of my senses, my creativity, and my appreciation for festivities. I am a social liberal, not in moral relativism, but in my feeling that we should all find it in our hearts to love one another above our differences. While many Fundamentalists might not think me to be an exemplary Christian, I believe I am a “true Christian.” I take Christ as my Lord, and I know he is mankind’s Savior and mine. I know he died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead and will return to Earth to save his people. And I believe many other Catholics have the same faith and are good and true Christians as well.  For their lack of fervent abandon to Christ, they may not make the most zealous Christians; but nonetheless, they will be saved as Jesus promised us: ”

As Paul said, “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.” (Romans14:1-3)

I see this rival attitude all over the internet, and it saddens me to no end. These judgmental Christians are not sharing their understanding about what spirit of faith gets you closer to Christ, or how a deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will save you. Instead, what seems to be most important is how one interprets the biblical messages of who receives the keys to the Kingdom. Based on a few choice verses, they are convinced that only they are saved while the rest of the whole cursed flock is going to hell. First and foremost, the Catholics. This exclusionary fixation is hurting our chances of fighting the battle against Satan’s minions, for it is dividing the Christian spiritual warriors into fragments. While Christians are fighting among themselves about who is raised in the rapture and why you should or shouldn’t go to communion, the Luciferians organized a long time ago and took over. Satan has the perfect strategy of quiet attack and laughs at the “elect.” The legacy of Christ is not fulfilled through Christians fighting Christians. We are on the same team, remember?  Again Paul says, “Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” (Romans 14:18-19)

I have declared to God that I am a non-denominational Christian, but I do have sympathy for one of the current persecuted Christian groups, the Catholics, even among other Christians. Many Catholics are “true Christians,” even if they don’t choose to leave their traditions and customs. A Christian should not condemn another Christian if he is pure of heart in Christ.

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