Sadly, our culture has descended further into the realm of two dangerous slopes: allowing our feelings to be the basis for truth and allowing our feelings to dictate our being, who we are.
“What I feel/think to be right is morally acceptable. Therefore, if I feel/think a certain passion or inclination, I must act on it”
“Because I have this inclination, I must be (insert a behavior). ”
In my writing absence, I can’t help but notice the uptick in the last six months in so many critical areas of life ranging from sexuality, psychology, and even matters of faith. There’s a no-holds-barred assault on decency.
This is what Genesis was referring to by a “land of confusion.”
With all of the various movements, groups, and identity politics, I suggest we slow down and honestly evaluate the implications of what’s being suggested!
The rate at which the culture is influencing the individual is concerning!
And Christians seem to buy into it!
Publishing falsehoods is the business of the world. From what I see, the world relishes when it can purposely alter our reality into thinking carnal, and at times unlogical, behavior or lifestyles are the truth. Emphasizing the Christian worldview is completely counter-cultural in a society that feeds on maximizing pleasure and distorting individualism to justify behavior that goes against the moral law. The world will sell this as “bodily autonomy” and “freedom” but this is bondage.
The cultural elites will emphasize that authentically living a Christian life is an impediment to human freedom. Yet, remember after Israel left slavery, God laid before them laws that would serve as a blessing with exponential earthly and spiritual benefits or a curse that would bring about their peril. Unfortunately, the Israelites picked the latter and suffered dire repercussions! Yes, our all-loving God gave a pathway for immeasurable happiness, but through their disobedience, Israel forfeited it.
That doesn’t sound like following God leads to less freedom.
As a Catholic Christian, being made in the image and likeness of Almighty God is essential. Yet, while bearing this imprimatur of glory, we have a spiritual wound called original sin that spiritually damages but doesn’t obliterate our full capacity to do good and avoid what is evil (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1706). The new life in Christ constantly puts us in a spiritual war. As St. Paul stated in his letter to the Romans, the struggle against sinful desires is definitely real in the Christian experience (Romans 7:15-25). Thankfully, we’re not the sum of our sins. Those that commit sin are a slave to sin, but when we submit to God and flee the devil, we can become more than conquerors through Christ. Essentially, we should strive to be slaves to righteousness!
What is the solution to the crisis?
The message of a crucified life needs to be embraced. Actually, more than embraced, but lived out with great joy by us Christians. Perhaps, many that see Christianity won’t consider Jesus because of the seemingly large demand of “getting my life right first before I go to God.” As Christians, we can charitably reply that the Christian faith journey isn’t a one-man working himself to be righteous before God journey. God has lavished upon on us many means of grace to help us overcome our sinful desires. God set the standard, and actually gives us aids to reach for His caliber.
Specifically, the Father has given us His life-giving Spirit to help us constantly seek after holiness that He calls each of us to strive toward. Specifically, here in the Catholic Church, we have the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive forgiveness from our sins and nourishing spiritual food for our continuous conversion. In the process of being nourished by the sacraments of the Church and the Holy Spirit in our lives, we become partakers of the divine nature with hopes of one day fully sharing, in essence, a divine glorification.
Christians have the antidote to combat the assault on reason and morality. It’s not the message the world wants to hear but it’s one the world beckons for with groans God can heal!