Innocuous is not a word that can be used for today's popular culture. Magnanimous is not a term which can rest easily upon the current crop of politicians. 'Christianity' is not a reality that can merge with the current ideologies running our world.
For everything that Jesus stands for, that which His disciples are supposed to stand (firm) for, seems to be the antithesis of what makes our world spin today.
We no longer live in a world where we can follow Jesus, while simultaneously dancing with the world. Now, to do so, would be to dance with the devil.
"The queen of Sheba, having heard of Solomon’s fame, came to test him with subtle questions." 1 Kings 10:1-10
There was a time--a time when objective truth was recognized--that the Catholic Church was, in the Truth of Christianity, respected as a formidable, permanent, and integral entity by those who did not believe in, or did not like, the apostles and disciples of Christ. There was a time when opponents relented in the presence of the power of Truth.
And this was good, since, in respect, Christ's Mercy was more evident.
But nowadays, the enemies of the Church, the enemies of faith in Jesus Christ, no longer shudder, since Truth has vanished from society as an immovable force. Now, desire and opinion (carnal passion and popular trendiness) are the measuring stick for all ideas and ideals.
Consequently, promiscuous and immoral popular fads, tyrannical and anti-Christian politicians, and inhumane and enslaving ideologies, test the Church's resolve.
They ask: Will the disciples still bear the Cross? Or will they cower to our pressure and follow us?
"The mouth of the just man tells of wisdom and his tongue utters what is right. The law of his God is in his heart, and his steps do not falter." Psalm 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40
Why is America faltering? Because there is a lack of Christian martyrs!
Turn on the television. At any moment during the day, or night, there will be less than 5 (the amount of fingers on one hand) overt, or even semi-covert, Christian messages amongst hundreds of television channels. Yes, the internet and the radio are inundated with various forms of Christianity. But that is because they are yet to be fully regulated by the powers that be.
Visit many a Church in America and see empty pews on Sunday. Visit many a sports stadium, many a city street, many a shopping mall, many a town park, and you might think that Christian symbolism was outlawed.
Read the newspapers, or the popular tabloids. Where is the Pope, where are the bishops, where is the Christian saint? Surely, you will find many a misquote of Pope Francis. Definitely, if accused (justly, or unjustly) you will hear of a pedophile priest. What you will not find, however, are common articles sharing Christianity--common stories espousing practiced Christian holiness. And, never, will you find front page news encouraging Christian morality!
But, be honest, who are the people who shape our society? Popular diva's, popular idols, anti-American politicians, abortionists, euthanasia proponents, militant homosexuals, socialists, pornographers, radical Islamists, racial warfare practitioners, anarchists, morons, and weasels.
And this is so because disciples of Christ have bought wholeheartedly into the PC nonsense; subsequently, there is a vacuum of authentic Christian witness!
"But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile." Mark 7:14-23
The devil distracts with scandalous intricacies, party lines, and political correctness. All too many American Christian's get caught up in the demonic parlor trick of appearances. The devil claims a war on women, and prostitutes American women with abortion, contraception, and dignity destroying promiscuity. The devil claims a war on freedom, and destroys the American family by introducing gay 'marriage.' Furthermore, the devil parades immigrants rights, and immigrants who truly desire to become American, legally, are robbed by fellow emigrants, and phony politicians, who steal a privilege, demanding citizenship through crime.
And all the while, there is not a Christian martyr to be found...