THE SERVANT GENERAL
Today’s gospel: Matthew 9:9-13
Political correctness in our Church has led to false mercy.
Political correctness and false mercy are about just accepting,
embracing, welcoming, accompanying the sinner, but without
speaking about his sin. This will not lead them to renounce
sin, but to become comfortable in it.
Now there are those who use Jesus’ words to justify
this. Asked by the Pharisees why he was eating with tax collectors
and sinners, Jesus said, “Those who are well do not
need a physician, but the sick do.” (v.12a). I perfectly
agree. Now if you are sick, do you want to get well? If you
have a sick loved one, would you want him to get well? Would
it be the best move to prescribe medicine as needed? Or would
you just sit by his bedside, loving and embracing him?
Those who choose a sinful lifestyle, who are not confronted
with their sin, will be those who are sick but choose not
to get well. And with false mercy from us, they will remain
In fact, those who are in serious sin but do not repent are
those who are not just spiritually sick, but are spiritually
dead. Jesus says it is the sick that need a physician, not
those who are already dead. Those are they who will not face
diagnosis, but judgment.
True mercy is love for the sinner but not condonation of the
sin, or acting in ways that in effect condone sin. True mercy
is an invitation to repentance. True mercy brings healing,
not continued illness, and even death.
“Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire
mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous
but sinners.” (v.13).