Last night I was having a deep conversation with myself and figure out what I believe and why. There was this cartoon on theoatmeal.com titled “How to Suck at Your Religion” and I found the whole thing offensive and insulting. To use a quote that’s been pretty popular recently by Archbishop Sheen- “There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church. ….As a matter of fact, if we Catholics believed all of the untruths and lies which were said against the Church, we probably would hate the Church a thousand times more than they do.”
Damn straight. But I also think the problem lies within almost every denomination of Christianity. It seems like there are large quantities of Christians who, despite good intentions, end up shooting themselves in the foot with bullets of ignorance. Jesus called us to, above all things, love each other. And not judge. And this message (which Jesus died for) seems to fall of deaf ears for those who are eager to condemn and hate. And that’s not was Christianity is about AT ALL. So when Christians go out and promote a message that is almost the opposite of Jesus’s message, it’s easy for others to assume that’s what the Church is about.
AND THAT SUCKS!
Jesus called us to love everyone as our brothers and sisters. As one child in four, I’ve had some experience with brothers and sisters and we’ve had lots of… challenges along the way. There are times when I just want to slap every member of my family all at once. My sister and I would stay up way too late arguing over who got to say goodnight last. We’ve had run-ins with the police, tragedies, fights and every bad thing in the world. But I would never, for one second, condemn anyone of them. My love for my family is unconditional. I may not like them sometimes and I sure as hell get angry at them, but there has never been a time when I thought things were so bad I’d stop loving them. A lot of times I’m angry because I just want the best for them and I’m not sure their choices are what is best, but if they are doing it because it makes them happier (and it doesn’t harm them or anyone else) I want to support them doing what makes them feel good.
It’s my goal, as a Catholic Christian, to love every person like my flesh and blood siblings.
Like I said, I don’t have to like someone’s actions or personality. I may not agree with their politics or religion, but I hope to have my heart open enough to love them and hope that whatever they’re doing, it makes them happier and a better person.
And while I’m getting deep, I’d like to share that I believe that love is a purely positive emotion and as such must only be from God and if two people, regardless of sex or gender, are lucky enough to find love with each other it can only be a gift from God.
I have more, but I’ll save it for later.