Wednesday, 20 February 2008

500th Post - Inconvenient Truth tellers - A Marvellous Posting from 'Penitent Blogger'

The people want religion without substance. They want nice words that make them feel good about themselves.

What they do not want to hear is truth that challenges.

And so they will take advantage of any opportunity to destroy God’s truth-tellers.

So it was in the time of today’s first reading (Jeremiah 18:18-20) and so it is today.

The people of Jeremiah’s time thought that they could enjoy the benefits of the faith even as they sought to destroy the boldest proclaimer of the faith.

And so, they kept Jeremiah under surveillance, looking for anything that they might use against him.

So it is also today.

Destroying the truth-tellers, of course, does not make the truth go away, and the more that people resist the truth, the greater the danger.

You and I must always keep ourselves open and faithful to the truth of Christ, especially when that truth is challenging or inconvenient to us.

We should also stand up for those who speak the truth of Christ in today’s world, even though the world and even those we think our friends may turn against us.

But also like the prophet Jeremiah, may we continue to pray for those opposed to the truth and those who may wish us ill.

It may not be comfortable, but comfort is not the most important thing in life.

We need to follow the example of Jeremiah and, most of all, the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, especially in the example he lays before us in today’s Gospel (Matthew 20:17-28):

The Son of Man did not come to be served
but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many

To read more:

Humility #4 - A Little Chesterton

"…what we suffer from to-day is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert—himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt—the Divine Reason."

"…the new sceptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn."

"The old humility was a spur that prevented a man from stopping; not a nail in his boot that prevented him from going on. For the old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which will make him stop working altogether.

"At any street corner we may meet a man who utters the frantic and blasphemous statement that he may be wrong. Every day one comes across somebody who says that of course his view may not be the right one. Of course his view must be the right one, or it is not his view. We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.
We are in danger of seeing philosophers who doubt the law of gravity as being a mere fancy of their own. Scoffers of old time were too proud to be convinced; but these are too humble to be convinced. The meek do inherit the earth; but the modern skeptics are too meek to claim their inheritance."

"The sages, it is often said, can see no answer to the riddle of religion. But the trouble with our sages is not that they cannot see the answer; it is that they cannot even see the riddle."

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