At the town where I live by, there is a man who drives around with a sign being pulled by his car telling sinners to repent. Some times he stops around busy intersections around town and gets out of his car with another sign telling people to repent.
I guess we could do something similar to what this man is doing. We could go around the neighborhood telling every one that they are a sinner and that they need to repent. However, is that really what we are supposed to do?
The podcast above contains a short message that deals with this issue of sinfulness in the world and how we should perhaps deal with it. I hope you enjoy it, and while you at it share it with all your social network contacts. May God bless you and your loved ones.
I have a neighbor of many years, who has a tendency to insult me, but I do not think he realizes it. I will explain to you brothers and sisters what I mean in a minute. However, before I do, I will like to publicly confess that I allowed my neighbor’s views to anger me and that I reacted in anger and was wrong in doing so. I let my Lord Jesus down, and I am ashamed of what I did.
You see, it turns out that many of our conversations have revolved around black people, and about how black people have a litany of issues. He feels that black people and other minorities are under performers (for lack of a better word) and that many of the laws that we have in place that are to protect against discrimination are not needed. He feels that there is no discrimination in this country, and that essentially there is no need to complain.
Usually, I try to redirect him and gently try to help him walk on the others person’s shoes. Normally I ignore him and attribute his comments to ignorance and blindness of heart, and I get on with my day. However, today he would not redirect. He was more forceful than ever, and I was obviously less tolerant. I was in no mood to hear the “we do not need affirmative action” speech. I was in no mood to hear that blacks, Hispanics and Indians get into schools unjustly, and that they are not qualified to begin with.
So it came to a point when I was feed up. I was like, “the people you are bad talking is me!” I am one of those Hispanics that you wrongly feel are not integrated into society. I am one of those blacks (for in case he did not notice, I have black skin) that you feel are so messed up that every wrong in society is their fault. I had to say enough, but he would not let me. He pushed back and I pushed back even harder. I raised my voice and he told me to lower my voice that I was talking too loud. I then raised my voice louder and called him a racist to his face. I told him that racism is a sin, and it is. However, so is anger! I was wrong also, even more so than he.
How could I have let him get to me and set such a bad example for Christ.
Jesus, my Lord, I have let you down. I should have put you first, even before my own feelings. Please forgive me Lord, please forgive me. Brothers and sisters pray for me.
Brothers and sisters, one thing that we can all agree on, regardless of denominational affiliation is that sin is rampant. I say this, not because I am looking at the world from my righteous seat, but because by the mercy of God, as I write these words I am looking at my wretched heart.
So if there is some judging to do by me, let it be of my own corruptness, and when it comes to the world I should be concerned with sharing the love of Christ by action and as St. Francis of Assisi said “when necessary use words”.
So this whole mentality of pointing fingers at the world in contempt needs to stop; this clenching of the fist against those who we consider grave sinners needs to stop; this pushing those who we do not consider to be worthy away must stop.
Encouraging others to follow Christ can be far more effective than telling them that they are going to hell. Not that we should not preach the full Gospel, but that the Good News should be gift wrapped with acts of love, compassion, mercy, tolerance, forgiveness and generosity. If I want to show the world that they should not sin then let me demonstrate it by my own pure living and not by my words, other than that, I should allow the Holy Spirit be the one pointing out sin.
Think about this for a moment: Did you fall in love with Jesus because He pointed out to you all the things that are wrong with you on a daily basis? Or did you fall in love with Jesus because He loved you first in spite of the fact that there was plenty that He could have pointed out was wrong with your life? Was it not the kindness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that attracted you to Him? Was it not His love that knocked down the walls of perdition from your heart?
So then, if we are to be truly thankful to Christ Jesus for His forgiveness, let there be love towards others around us. If we are to truly worship and glorify our Lord, let there be love from us to all, even our enemies. I hate to say it brothers and sisters, but talk is cheap. Let’s stop talking and let’s start loving.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, we do not know how to love! Please help us to love as You love us. Amen.