I’m having one of those nights were it’s very hard for me to not seek someone out just so that I can rant about what’s rolling through my head; what’s been rolling through my head most of the day.
Yes, I am going to “pick on” Catholicism yet again. (Blame Yahoo for running another story about Francis’ latest statement.)
“The Church, all of us should divest ourselves of worldliness,” a visibly emotional pope said, adding: “Worldliness is a murderer because it kills souls, kills people, kills the Church.”
“Without divesting ourselves, we would become pastry shop Christians, like beautiful cakes and sweet things but not real Christians,” he said.
So, I know that this is going to sound insane but, for the sake of argument, let’s consider this thought.
Lead. By. Example.
I am not saying that I do not agree with his statement that the things of the world should absolutely not be the focus of the church. I agree entirely with that. My complaint is that it is fine and dandy for him to say anything he wants from his position of power and influence. I will even commend him for staying in a cheaper abode than the palatial residence usually enjoyed by the Pope.
But just not using it, does not mean that he is working toward a church that has left worldliness behind.
A much louder statement would be a papal decree ordering that all gold, silver and gemstones be stripped of the idols within each and every Catholic church around the world so that they may be used in tangible expressions of love to those that are hurting and in need. I have no doubt that between Compassion International’s Water of Life filter and the worldly contents of even just a few cathedrals virtually everyone on the globe would have clean drinking water, (unless for some reason, they refused the gift.)
Words are empty without actions to back them up, and if you want someone to follow, then you must first be willing to lead by example.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2:15-16
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:1