THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2018
NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT
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).
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.
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?
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.
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).