Saturday, November 04, 2006
The humble exalted.
The Ted Haggart scandal bothers me. Supposedly in the documentary "Jesus Camp" - or connected to the filming of it, he made a sarcastic remark in reference to the Catholic Church. Not all Evangelicals and other 'born again' sects have much love for the Church of Rome. Liturgy and sacramental theology is foreign to them. Some Catholics may even regard Evangelicals with a bit of disdain, if not for their faith, then for their expression of it.
This morning's reading from Philippians made me understand that not everyone in ministry, no matter what denomination, is perfect. Paul writes, "It is true, some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others do so out of good will." Sometimes that good will becomes infected by the 'world's slow stain', especially when one realizes that "There is great gain in religion".
However, Paul's zeal and love for Christ, never desired to silence his opposition, providing they were preaching Christ. He writes, "All that matters is that in any and every way, whether from specious motives or genuine ones, Christ is being proclaimed!"
Christ takes care of the rest.
"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 14, today's Gospel. It's good to be chastised, the Church first, and then the world. Everything is a grace!