The preoccupation on issues as abortion, homosexuality, and other socially divisive subjects are forcing the Catholic Church and other Christian religious organizations to lose their primary focus which is mainly the salvation of souls. Gay marriage, women’s rights, and denominational positions on volatile subjects as Israel are twisting the focus of churches to accommodate political correctness instead of righteousness with God.
Bashing churches on doctrinal positions as traditional marriage, traditional sexual practices, and the immoral practice of abortion which is consistent to thousands of years of church teaching, have given journalistic perspectives a field day in stirring up controversy on traditional religious standards as exemplified by the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church.
Spinning Christian doctrine to make it appear offensive is perfect fodder for those with a disdain for religious principles. Either the more liberal interpretations towards more radical sociology are required, or the traditional positions that have sustained religions for centuries are denigrated.
The Catholic Church and the Pope have been in the line of sight for creating an issue with homosexuality particularly. Pope Francis a month ago put on a splendid clinic on Christianity 101 and what the main focus of the Catholic Church should be. As a follow-up recently, the Pontiff attempted to put to bed the main purpose of the Catholic Church, and that being the salvation of souls and not focus on issues of sexual orientation.http://www.examiner.com/article/pope-francis-gives-a-lesson-on-the-basics-of-christianity-101
Sure enough, the main focus was the media spinning as though the Pope and the Catholic Church were endorsing homosexuality. The Pope declared that the Catholic Church had always accepted gays into the church and ministry, as long as any gay clergy renounced their homosexual practices and remain sexually pure, gays were welcomed into the church or ministry. The same standard applied for heterosexual priests who were required to take a vow of celibacy.
The issue of abortion has also galvanized churches and detracted from the bigger morality issues of fornication and adultery. The issue of sin in the church in the form of sexual immorality is a much larger issue with the church than abortion. Yes, abortion is unacceptable according to Christian doctrine, however other issues preclude abortion. Abortion typically is the result of a failure of other Christian doctrine which should be addressed primarily. Abortion is a symptom of other moral issues that need to be corrected.
This fact may trouble liberally minded individuals, but the salvation of souls is the primary goal of the Christian church. Sexual orientation, abortion, or gay marriage are issues that are being forced upon the churches to respond by a provocatively liberal media interested in a news angle. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/20/conservatives-disturbed-by-popes-new-course/?iref=allsearch
The far bigger story of salvation of a soul does not play well regarding news interest, especially to news agencies that have little interest or understanding in spiritual issues. The journalism standard of “if it bleeds, it leads” dominates the reporting of television, radio, and newspapers. This is a fact.
Normalcy is out, sensationalism is in…which is why people listening to the news will receive a skewed picture of reality if they listen to the news reports too long. Reporters become jaded not unlike police officers who have to deal with the underbelly of society on a consistent basis.
If you look for the bad, you will surely find it is an adage from the Bible that discloses the principle of negative expectation.
The Christian church is designed to be a hospital for those who are hurting, an oasis for believers to rejuvenate their sagging spirits, a dynamic platform for the gospel to be preached, and a teaching center to equip the saints for ministry. Political and social aspirations are not part of the agenda.
Saving the lost is the prime directive of the church. God will not ask individuals or the church their position on social issues.