Yesterday I had to delete a comment on the Comedy Central Post. The comment linked to a site which encouraged people to submit drawings of Mohammad. This is a Christian blog, and I do not think that encouraging people to not respect the faith of others is very Christian. Christians are called to respond with love not insults. We should not respond to hate with hate. We should not mock when we are mocked.
No I am not a wimp. I am a Christian and I am called to speak the truth and proclaim the Gospel with strength AND love. This has not always been easy for me. Before I became a faithful Catholic, back when I was a just in case (its true) Catholic, people thought that I ate barbed wire for breakfast. When I realized that what the Church taught was true, I was more St. Paul—minus the Saint—than Mary. Docility does not come easy for me.
In the beginning I probably turned more people away from the Church than turned them on. So no, I am not afraid that my little blog will be attacked. I just want this blog to maintain its Catholic identity. I do not want to turn people away from Christ and His Church. Hey I have enough atoning to do!
Okay. South Park mocks Christians. Yeah and water is wet and the Pope is Catholic. Is adolescent crude comedy supposed to be cutting edge comedy? Shocking? Is mocking Christians supposed be something new?
No so much. Remember the crucifix in urine, the Virgin Mary made out of dung, the Da Vinci Code, The Temptation of Christ……. I could go on and on.
Yes I know. They mock because we are so non threatening or so the theory goes. We protest. We boycott. And the profits of the mockers often go up. No such thing as bad publicity.
Here’s a thought: If we are so non threatening why do they bother. Why not just leave us to worship the flying spaghetti monster in the sky in peace and delusion.
The Catholic Church teaches that every human person (from conception to natural death) has inherent dignity that cannot be nullified by sinful actions. Each person is made in the image and likeness of God. Each person is unique and unrepeatable. Each person is sacred and loved by God.
Each person has free will and should be allowed to practice their particular religion in freedom. With respect. The Church speaks with a strong voice for the right to freedom of religion. She does so even though she understands that the fullness of truth is only found in the Catholic Church because Jesus Christ is her head.
The Church invites and proclaims; she does not force. Jesus let people walk away and so does His Church.