THE SERVANT GENERAL
IT IS CRUNCH TIME - 3
We are all sinful people. “If you, Lord, keep account
of sins, Lord, who can stand?” (Ps 130:3). This is why
we need to look to God’s mercy. “May your ears
be attentive to my cry for mercy.” (Ps 130:2b). The
good news is that God will hear and will act. “But with
you is forgiveness” (Ps 130:4a).
forgiveness and mercy cannot be given just like that. What
is needed is repentance. There was great wickedness in Nineveh,
but when Jonah preached God’s word, “the people
of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of
them, great and small, put on sackcloth.” (Jon 3:5).
They would “call loudly to God .... turn from their
evil way ....” (Jon 3:8). What was the result? In turn,
God would “turn from his blazing wrath, so that we will
not perish.” (Jon 3:9).
we repent of sin, then God will forgive. “For with the
Lord is mercy” (Ps 130:7b). Then we will be redeemed
from our sinful state, restored to our relationship with God,
and have the assurance of making it to heaven to live eternally
with Him, for “with him is plenteous redemption”
brewing conflict in the Synod is between the liberals who
will use mercy and compassion in a bid to reach out to those
in sinful irregular unions and the conservatives who do indeed
accept the extension of mercy and compassion to them, but
with repentance for sin. The liberals look to the social situation
of those who are poor and marginalized, the conservatives
look to their spiritual situation. Both are important for
Christians, to look to the body as well as the soul. But the
spiritual is always the better part.
look to the sisters Martha and Mary. Martha was “burdened
with much serving” (Lk 10:40a) while Mary just “sat
beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.”
(Lk 10:39). Martha complained to Jesus about Mary. Jesus replied,
“There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the
better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Lk
10:42). Martha, in looking to the social need of Jesus, of
course did good. But Mary, in looking to the spiritual inputs
of Jesus, did better.
shows us the way to handling both the social and spiritual
dimensions of our life in Christ.
in CFC-FFL do not truncate our spiritual discussion or sharing
in favor of the fellowship or socializing portion of the
in CFC-FFL and LCSC do not do a massive work of building
communities among the poor without also bringing values
formation and spiritual renewal.
do not do all sorts of work with the poor but then favor
contraception, same-sex unions or women’s ordination.
do not just concern themselves about immigration and climate
change but without an even greater concern for the assault
on faith, family and life.
do not help out with massive relief efforts during calamities
but insist on providing condoms to victims.
in the Synod do not extend mercy and compassion to those
in irregular and sinful situations without helping them
to repent of their sin.
our Lord show us all the true path of mercy and compassion.
May the Lord bring us to life-giving repentance. “And
he will redeem Israel from all its sins.” (Ps 130:8).