I guess I could just answer, “No!” and go back to preparing my mind for college football Saturday, but I want to make sure I get down a few points to share with our youth group tomorrow. In hearing the gospel message yesterday, and then again today, I am left with the impression that God is expecting us to stand up for what we believe. Does that mean we have to be instrumental in changing hearts and minds around important issues like abortion, euthanasia and freedom of religion? No, it just means that, as sinners, we need to recognize that we are broken and stop being so distracted that we are not lifting those important issues up to God in prayer, so that God knows our hearts are not conformed to this world’s lies. There are also some issues that get to the heart of what led to our complacent attitude toward these huge problems in our culture today. I talk about the virtue of chastity a lot with our youth, because along with purity, it is these two virtues, that stand in direct opposition to the vices of lust and immorality that are so accepted in our culture today.
Many people could say that lust and immorality is the default position of humanity, and it always has been and always will be, why fight it? As for the question of what it always will be, I will defer to God’s omnipotent word for that one, and say that I know that although God is going to raise His faithful people on the last day, like Jesus, Mary, and some of the early prophets of his chosen people, and he will not be raising our lust and immorality along with our bodies. Jesus says that we will not marry or be married in heaven(Matthew 22:30), and Saint Paul said that the purpose for a Christian to be married, who is united to Jesus in building up His kingdom, is to not give in to lust(1 Corinthians 7:1-7). If we will not be married in heaven, than it goes without saying that we will not be tempted to lust either. Therefore, if we are using this life on earth, as God has instructed us to, in His word, to prepare for eternity in heaven, shouldn’t we be cultivating the virtues that will be useful in heaven and not giving in to the vices that are only temporary?
If we are giving in to the vices, then we should be going to confession for the times that we are guilty of mortal sin. If we have been graced by God to root the sin out of our life, or we know he is in the process of doing so, shouldn’t we be admonishing the other sinners to repentance? It is not like we have to look that far to find the sin, just drive west on Main Street through downtown Springfield and you will pass three or four strip clubs in six blocks, on your way to the largest abortion mill I have ever seen, that is just across the river in Glenwood. It is a 40,000 square foot facility that thye say is built for administrating the reproductive “Health” and “Education” of our county. It has two operating rooms on the back side of the facility that were built for the sole purpose of murdering babies in the womb.
The gospel reading at Mass on Friday morning was about interpreting the “Present” time, because of the signs that we see in the world. At first, I couldn’t see the call to action in my life until Father Jaspers read it out loud at Mass, and as I heard it read, I realized that it was talking about how we will be judged for not standing up for the things that we know are wrong in our world today. You may not be called to participate in the 40 day for life campaign that is ending in a week or so, by showing up there, in the front or back of the building, and taking some time to pray for an end to abortion. If you are Christian, then you are definitely called to pray in some way that God will deliver the women that are caught in the lies of Satan, and are being told that they have no option but abortion. We all know someone who is probably caught up in the same sort of lies that are telling them to act like animals in their sex lives, and see women and men objects for the purpose of their own gratification, or maybe it is us, and we should be praying for God to give us a heart that loves purity, and the grace to overcome the sins of lust and immorality.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5
You are not in the dark, brothers, that the day should catch you off guard, like a thief. No, all of you are children of light and of the day. We belong neither to darkness nor to night.