From a Real Catholic Dennis Brown:
Someone was challenging me that I did not have a “Christian attitude” toward the incoming administration.
Because of the fact that the incoming administration embraces objectively immoral issues as the very fundamental parts of their platform, for example, their homicidal maniacal embrace of killing human persons inside (and outside) of the wombs of mothers, plus other horrendously objectively immoral positions; and because their hypocritical appeals for “unity” are merely a sham call, not for authentic unity but for “conformity,” let me establish and express my Christian attitude with the words of Jesus Christ Himself:
Luke 12:51-53 Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Matthew 10:34-36 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.’
2 John 9-11: Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; for whoever greets him shares in his evil works.
3 John 11: Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does what is good is of God; whoever does what is evil has never seen God
“A house divided against itself cannot stand”. On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln, a Senatorial candidate at the time, pronounced this sentence, inspired by the Gospel of Mark (3:25), in a speech aimed at emphasizing how the young American democracy could not endure with half of the States allowing slavery. That speech of the future president of the United States, cited countless times in the last century and a half, remains an ever-present injunction to the American people, inscribed even on its seal with the words chosen by the Founding Fathers recalling the principle of unity: E pluribus unum.
Thus begins an article calling for national unity now. Fine and good, true unity is what I desire from my heart, but I ask, again, “what kind of unity?” I would like to point out to the author that Lincoln made that statement before he consciously engineered the civil war to preserve true unity based in TRUTH. (See Crisis of the House Divided by Harry Jaffa)
There are authentic calls for unity and there are false ones. To the false ones I respond with the words of Jesus Christ above.
p.s. Yesterday I posted this:
Yesterday, people were posting quotes of MLK professing love rather than hate; and it’s true he was fundamentally motivated by love.
But, that’s only one side; It must be remembered also that he was motivated by hate. He was an optimum example of Love the sinner; hate the sin.
Read his letter written from the Birmingham jail.
He spoke about his fundamental loves, but the vast bulk of his letter is a catalogue of his hates: of injustice and sin.
He was also not a pacifist. He was a militant non-violent resistance fighter against tyrannical oppressors. *
He was also non-compromising. He exclaimed that the greatest stumbling block and the greatest enemies of freedom and justice that he was fighting for were “moderates.” People who say more or less, “Oh, calm down, things will gradually change; leave things as they are and it will get eventually better.”
Let us take MLK’s lessons to heart; Now is our time to love the sinners but hate the sin of developing (soft) totalitarianism with the most practical (non-sinful of course, I’m not a consequentialist) and energetic tactics. I know that not sinning (lying, etc) puts us at a tactical disadvantage to an enemy who is amoral and does not hesitate to use objectively immoral means; but we have truth on our side; which eventually wins.
There needs to be organized resistance in the spirit of MLK, Ghandi, the White Rose Movement etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.
A few Bishop Sheen quotes:
*“The pacifist thinks that the alternative to war is peace; it is not. Sometimes the alternative is oppression. Sometimes certain God-given rights and liberties can be preserved only by resistance to that which would destroy them. And to defend certain basic God-given rights and liberties is not immoral but righteous.”
*speaking of previous better Irish generations…“Irish fight because they love. The more a man loves the more he fights for what he loves. Because the Irish love their country and their God they have more to fight for”
p.p.s. Even earlier I posted this: The Lord answers prayers in his own mysterious ways.
He permitted Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Calles, Pol Pot, Robespierre, Henry VIII, Caligula, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
Maybe it’s our time and our number is up. It’s a gift (though the totalitarianism will be what is called “soft,” that is subtle as opposed to hard; in others words we wont be lined up against a wall and shot but will be attempted to be bled to death with increasing laws posing as righteous
Remember the noble examples that successfully made it through and even, in a sense, because of their times. One of the best present examples: Karol Józef Wojtyła, Pope Saint John Paul II.
Happy Days of Trial!