Did you ever just think that sometimes our focus is all wrong? It just seems Catholics are so concerned with trying to get the right people elected, getting the right laws passed (along with overturning the wrong ones), and preventing activist judges from overturning the will of people that we ignore what we are truly called to do: share the good news! Be the good news! I guess I am asking: are we as concerned about souls?
Biographers of St Dominic wrote that he would stay up during the night, sometimes all night, crying before the Blessed Sacrament asking the Lord, “What will happen to all the souls who don’t know you?” He was literally in anguish at the thought of one soul being eternally lost.
I’ve just been thinking lately our focus may be misplaced. Government is corrupt, regardless of which party is in charge; nothing is going to change that. The power is too intoxicating. Additionally, there is so much “legal precedence” now for killing the unborn and marrying whomever and whatever you want that neither of those two things will likely ever be overturned. I’m not being a pessimist, just a realist.
Many Catholic commentators have lamented that Pope Francis has not commented enough, even if at all, on gay marriage and abortion since becoming pope. Instead he is always talking about reaching out to people and loving one’s neighbor. I guess he read that in the bible or something. Seriously though, I wonder if the Holy Father is just of the mind that the atrocities society invites upon itself are just part of the world we live in and we can spend our time better than trying to fight against them. After all, this world is not our home (Heb 13:14).
We could keep railing against these unjust things, but what good does it do? They are just man-made structures, built on sand, and destined to fail (Mt 7:224-27). At best, all the effort that goes into trying to prevent society’s collapse will only delay it for a short time. The United States, it’s government, and it’s laws are not eternal. God’s Word is. God’s promise is. And most importantly, human souls are eternal.
What do you think the outcome would be if we directed our energies to reading God’s word, believing in his promise, and trying to save souls from eternal damnation? I can tell you what WON’T happen if that’s where we focused our energies. The government will not suddenly become a bastion of truth and justice, our exploding national debt will not be erased, and Roe v Wade will not suddenly be overturned. But I can also tell you what might happen: a few more people turn their lives over to Jesus Christ and receive the gift of mercy and eternal life in heaven.
Now tell me…in the grand scheme of things (i.e. eternity), where should we directing our efforts?
ps…this post was me talking to myself; however, please comment if you feel the same way. Or if you feel I’ve got it all wrong and think I should get out there and stand outside a government building somewhere with a cleaver slogan printed on a sign, please tell me that too.