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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

OUR THEME FOR 2018
(Part 2)

NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT

September 10, 2017

Today’s readings:
Ezekiel 33:7-9
Psalm 95:1-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20

A scourge in our Church today is political correctness. This is the posture that we simply accept, welcome, embrace and accompany the sinner but not talk about his sin, because it is offensive. It looks like mercy, but it is false mercy, because it leaves a person in his sin, with the attendant dire consequences. Rather, true mercy is an invitation to repentance. “Do not harden your hearts” (Ps 95:8a).

In being destined for greatness, we are called to the threefold ministry of Jesus, that of priest, king and prophet. The prophets of the Old Testament were held by God to the highest standard and accountability. They were to speak to God’s people of their sin. “You, son of man­I have appointed you as a sentinel for the house of Israel; when you hear a word from my mouth, you must warn them for me.” (Ez 33:7). The consequences of not doing so was terrible, not just for the sinner, but for the prophet. “When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked, you must die,’ and you do not speak up to warn the wicked about their ways, they shall die in their sins, but I will hold you responsible for their blood.” (Ez 33:8). Why? Because God wants to save His people from their sins, and uses prophets as His instruments to warn them. If prophets do not, then God’s people remain in their sins.

What are the sins of God’s people today? They are the violations of God’s “commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet,’ and whatever other commandment there may be” (Rom 13:9a). Are the pastors of the Church warning people of such? Among Catholics, adultery and sexual licentiousness are practiced, the murder of the unborn is widespread, thievery and corruption are rampant, envy and covetousness are common, and many other violations of God’s commandments are committed every day. Who are speaking to them of their sins?

On the part of those called to speak prophetically, this is failure to love, which is God’s basic commandment and is owed by us to one another. “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another” (Rom 13:8a). We are to love especially our brethren in the faith. One who truly loves is one who corrects or rebukes the sinner. “If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him his fault” (Mt 18:15a). If the sinner does not repent and persists in his sin, the one who loves presses on, taking subsequent steps of enlisting others to help in the correction, or calling on church authorities, or as a last resort, excluding or excommunicating the sinner.” (Mt 18:16-17). Now that is not politically correct at all! But that is the work of a true prophet.

Sin is evil. To help keep a person comfortable in his sin, by just accepting him without correcting him, is wrong. It is mercy that is false. And if it ultimately causes the loss of one’s soul, then such is evil. “Love does no evil to the neighbor” (Rom 13:10a).

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