Today’s Christian Challenge

11 Oct


“The world’s in a mess.”

“Our country’s in a mess.”

“Democrats seem bent on destroying our Judeo-Christian heritage.”

“Republicans can’t get their act together. They’re just fighting themselves and doing nothing to help us.”

Gloom and doom—that’s what so many people see. And that’s why so many people seem to think that all is lost. They might as well say:

“Our nation cannot recover from its debt and its loss of favor and respect in the world.”


All is not lost—at least, all does not have to be lost. We can recover—as a nation. And we can still return to the religious principles that made our nation strong, those principles born of the dignity of human beings made in the image of God.

I see a number of problems that need our immediate attention.

  • A growing number of people seem to be trying to remake God into their own image. This comes from ‘’cafeteria Catholicism” (or Protestantism and maybe even Judaism)—a tendency to pick and choose what is true and not true. It is born of compromised preaching and teaching of the faith and the fear of alienating “the faithful,” who are not really all that faithful. Part of the problem is ignorance due to compromised preaching and teaching.
  • The onslaught of rapidly developing technology has mesmerized some people to the extent that they seem to have their eyeballs glued to the latest release of the must-have phone that will antiquate all other phones—add to this new and addictive video game.
  • Our government has gone far too far into the pits of confusion and amoral decisions. Political Correctness has become the gospel of distraction, wooing people into a certain mental and spiritual lethargy in which no one can be sure about anything—so anything goes. “What works for you is fine. If it does not work for me, that’s fine, too. We’ll all just go on our merry, unconnected way to a deadly isolation.”
  • Many Catholics and other Christians are afraid to stand, in the public arena, for what they believe. They have embraced a dangerous neutrality that helps the forces of evil. There is no room for neutrality in our relationship with God and Church.

So, what’s the answer and what is the Lord asking of us?

  1. We are to have faith, of course, but a true faith that brings us to peace of mind and heart, inner joy, great trust in God and the strength and courage to stand for what is true and just.
  2. We must be informed about political issues and vote our Christian conscience.
  3. We must strengthen Christian families. Pope Francis, in his visits to Cuba and our own United States, had this to say:“It is in the home that we learn fraternity and solidarity (and) we learn not to be overbearing. It is in the home that we learn to receive, to appreciate life as a blessing and to realize that we need one another to move forward.”

And back in Rome, in an October 7 General Audience, Pope Francis said, “Family spirit” is like “a constitutional charter for the Church. (T)his is how Christianity must appear, and this is how it must be.”

It’s a tough challenge, but let’s try this for starters:

Let our faith be unquestionable, our love life-giving and our hope contagious.


2 Responses to “Today’s Christian Challenge”

  1. annettetravels October 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    This is excellent

    When I get home I will email this to everyone who is cruising with us


    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  2. Jeb October 12, 2015 at 4:04 am #

    Henry – very good. This reflects my own ideas of what is ring with our country.. Ken

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