THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 15
1 Maccabees 1:10-15,41-43,54-57,62-63
Much of what is happening in the world today with regard to
the assault on faith by radical feminist, homosexualist, secular
humanist forces, especially already in the West, parallels
what happened in the time of the Maccabees.
those days there appeared in Israel transgressors of the law
who seduced many, saying: ‘Let us go and make a covenant
with the Gentiles all around us” (1 Mc 1:11a).
These are the liberals/progressives/modernists in the West,
who would like to stamp out religion and faith. In the name
of personal liberty and human rights, they are promoting a
society open to anything, focused on the centrality of the
human person rather than of God. Christians in the West have
compromised with the world and been absorbed by it. They are
not distinguishable from their non-Christian counterparts.
They have embraced the deadly isms of today’s modern
society--materialism, consumerism, hedonism, secular humanism,
Modernism, cultural Marxism, contraceptive imperialism. Many
Catholics, lapsed or active or even self-proclaimed as devout,
are in favor of contraception, divorce, abortion and same-sex
disguised their circumcision and abandoned the holy covenant;
they allied themselves with the Gentiles and sold themselves
to wrongdoing.” (1 Mc 1:15). Many Christians can
no longer be distinguishable from the fallen world around
them. They have embraced the secularist culture, are afraid
to openly profess their faith, and are living in serious wrongdoing.
the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one
people, and abandon their particular customs.” (1 Mc
1:41a). In the US, judges are overturning people’s
popular will in favor of the culture of life. The US Supreme
Court has legalized same-sex marriage. There are many laws
that penalize hate speech (read: speaking against homosexuality)
or not servicing same-sex couples due to one’s religious
belief. The culture in the West, backed by government and
secular laws, is becoming more and more antagonistic to Christians
living out their traditional Judeo-Christian faith. The Ten
Commandments and crucifixes are being removed from offices.
The US government is pushing LGBT on the developing nations
as its prime diplomatic thrust.
the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king, and many
Israelites delighted in his religion; they sacrificed to idols
and profaned the sabbath.” (1 Mc 1:42b-43). Many
Christians, simply nominal in their faith, have thus fallen
away. Others who desire to live out their faith are intimidated
by laws that will result in their being sued and fined and
even imprisoned for insisting on living out their faith, in
business for example. But many more Christians, including
Catholics, have truly embraced the new culture and the isms.
They delight in sexual freedom, in using contraceptives to
free them from fear of pregnancy, in aborting babies that
are unwanted, in having same-sex relationships. The majority
of Catholics are no longer going to Sunday Mass. They have
stopped worshiping God and are now under the dominion of the
was found with a scroll of the covenant, and whoever observed
the law, was condemned to death by royal decree.” (1
Mc 1:57). In the Middle East and countries such as India,
Christians are routinely killed by radical Muslims or Hindus.
It has not yet come to this in the West, but there is already
a lot of persecution. If the move toward the left continues,
it will inevitably lead to more vile persecution of those
who do not conform, including martyrdom.
many in Israel were determined and resolved in their hearts
not to eat anything unclean; they preferred to die rather
than to be defiled with food or to profane the holy covenant;
and they did die.” (1 Mc 1:62-63). There is today
a fight for the soul of America. I would say that the situation
is 50-50 on which side would eventually win out, with the
liberals/progressives/modernists, supported by the Democratic
Party (the party of death), liberal media (CNN, ABC, CBC,
NBC, MSNBC) and billionaire philanthropists, right now being
very powerful and influential, while the majority of Americans
still support traditional family and life values but are the
silent majority. Now pro-family and pro-life and pro-faith
groups and various Church groups in the USA are finding their
voices and are determined not to allow the culture of death
to advance further. Will they prefer martyrdom if ever, than
profane their covenant with God?
very great wrath came upon Israel.” (1 Mc 1:64).
The tsunami of evil is upon the West and the whole world.
How do we survive this tribulation? How do we remain faithful
to our Lord and our Church? We need to look to God and to
His words and to His commands. Of course, we need to know
these first, then by God’s grace, mercy and strength,
we must strive to live these out. Psalm 119, the longest psalm,
looks to God’s word, especially the scriptures, for
instruction in the faith. In this psalm there are 9 different
words used for “instruction”: law, statute, commandment,
precept, testimony, word, judgment, way and promise.
persecutors draw near me; they are far from your law.”
(Ps 119:150). The barbarians are not only at the gates
but are already within, even inside our Catholic Church. They
are unspiritual people who transgress God’s laws and
ways. They will use all means to stamp out religion, including
persecuting those who do not conform to their ways.
arrogant smear me with lies, but I keep your precepts with
all my heart.” (Ps 119:69). The liberals are masters
at doublespeak, and they have liberal media on their side.
They regularly speak falsehoods. They label those who speak
against homosexuality as bigots and homophobes. They insist
abortion is an integral part of health care for women. Some
even celebrate abortion as a sacrament.
seizes me because of the wicked; they forsake your law.”
(Ps 119:53). We must rise up in righteous anger at what
is happening in our midst, rather than giving in to political
correctness, to not saying anything that is offensive, to
not call sin sin.
view the faithless with loathing because they do not heed
your promise.” (Ps 119:158). Just look at Gay Pride
parades and see the depravity that is displayed there. See
how Planned Parenthood mercilessly aborts the unborn and even
makes a big business of selling baby parts. See the abominations
that gays and pedophiles engage in. Should we not loathe such
evil? We of course must love the sinner even as we hate the
is far from sinners because they do not cherish your statutes.”
(Ps 119:155). In loving sinners we must look to evangelizing
them. They are headed for damnation, unless they repent and
turn to Jesus. They need to meet Christ and live Christ.
the snares of the wicked surround me, your law I do not forget.”
(Ps 119:61). Faithful Christians will be persecuted,
as the secular environment becomes more entangled with the
culture of death. As religion and even Christian preaching
will be restricted and even prohibited, many will no longer
hear what the authentic gospel is. We must strive to pray,
to read and study the Bible daily, to make use of the many
resources for authentic Christian living, many found on the
Internet. How I love your law, Lord! I study it all day long.”
(Ps 119:97). We must know our faith. We must know the word
of God and the teachings of our Catholic Church. “My
soul longs for your salvation; I put my hope in your word.”
(Ps 119:81). This is the way to salvation.
me from human oppression, that I may observe your precepts.”
(Ps 119:134). We look to God to protect, guide, strengthen
and empower us. We look to God for relief from human oppression
and to protect our right to practice our faith.