The 'modern family' portrayed on our televisions, and our movie screens, is a sad example of the popular culture's devaluation of traditional marriage, marital fidelity, the Right to Life, and the foundation of faith in the family. Every day, unsuspecting, and semi-seduced, Americans (Catholics, 'Christians,' and people of all walks of life), fall prey to insidious demons--principalities and powers behind the curtain of ideology--who work incessantly at recreating the American spiritual landscape.
With untiring demons in our culture, wouldn't a little Jesus in our hearts cut through the jungle of PC and immorality? Wouldn't Jesus save our nation by cutting through our lukewarm complicity?
"But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he is like the refiner’s fire, or like the fuller’s lye. He will sit refining and purifying silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, Refining them like gold or like silver that they may offer due sacrifice to the LORD." Malachi 3:1-4
Wow! You mean to tell me that Jesus' Love isn't just a metrosexual hug-fest, where everything is accepted, and everything is found sacred? You mean to tell me that the Lamb of God is also the Lord of tough Love? Well...just ask St John of the Cross or St Teresa of Avila...to finally see God is to go through the dark night of the soul. Just ask St. Augustine...to finally find God is to lose your life in the world. Just ask St. Maximilian Kolbe, or St. Damien of Molokai...to find Jesus is to suffer, and die, for a friend.
Jesus doesn't just carry the Rose of Resurrection--He carries the Way to that Rose in His Cross!
"Lift up, O gates, your lintels; reach up, you ancient portals, that the king of glory may come in!" Psalm 24:7-10
Jesus isn't a self-help guru, nor is he an Army drill Instructor creating an Army-of-One! The gospel is not an instructional manual on the self-making of an indestructible superstar. It is, rather, the path to salvation through the realization that GOD alone is Holy! And that we are sinners in need of a Savior.
Wake up American Christian!
Unless we open our hearts to Jesus Christ, no matter how big and bad, bold and brilliant, beautiful and important, we THINK we are...we are just part of the demonic conspiracy in America.
"Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested." Hebrews 2:14-18
Yet, there's a little problem with waging war against those 'evil' Hollywooders and progressives and radicals and 'bad' people.
We are one of them too!
Check your wrist. If you have a pulse, you are part of the evil too! That would include me, by the way. Temptation is the common lot of the human person.
For Jesus Christ offers the only conquering Way!
"Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted
—and you yourself a sword will pierce—so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:22-40
Jesus, the sign of contradiction, the cause of falling and rising--in choosing good or evil--did not leave us orphans in the big, bad world. He has left us His Spirit which guides us in His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church--which nourishes us on the Eucharist and the Word. He has also left us a family to rely on--in Mary and the saints--brothers and sisters, and a Mother, who hear our prayers and offer them to Jesus with holy urgency.
Yet, the greatest gift He has left us is His Truth...in the cross He has personally given us, in order for us to carry, as a witness to His Love--as Mercy, His Saving Message for the world.
Yet, will we carry it for His Love, or will we reject it for PC acceptance, or for the immediate gratifications of this immoral world?