The West in general, and the USA in particular, is in grave danger. The weaknesses are screaming in our ears, certainly in the areas of both economics and morality.
The West has been living on borrowed money for years, and creditors won’t wait forever. The street riots in Europe, protesting government attempts to get people to grow up and live within their means, will come to this country. Some politicians are now “getting religion” economically – how sincere and courageous they are remains to be seen.
The West has been walking away from moral truth for years also. The “pill” has made cheap and easy sex the norm, and has helped degrade the meaning and commitment of marriage and family to become a mere arrangement of convenience. Thus, serial marriage-divorce-remarriage has left children bewildered and insecure, left like the rest of us to chase toys and pleasures instead of real meaningful happiness. After all, who believes in real happiness anymore?
The degraded sense of the once-holy sacrament of marriage with its privileged marital act once appropriate only in marriage, has opened the door for open homosexuality. Why not, if sex for pleasure is perfectly acceptable, why not with whomever one pleases, whenever one pleases, for whatever purpose one chooses?
Paul saw it then; we see it now:
Romans 1:21 … for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.
22 While claiming to be wise, they became fools
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes.
24 Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies.
25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural,
27 and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.
28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God handed them over to their undiscerning mind to do what is improper.
29 They are filled with every form of wickedness, evil, greed, and malice; full of envy, murder, rivalry, treachery, and spite. They are gossips
30 and scandalmongers and they hate God. They are insolent, haughty, boastful, ingenious in their wickedness, and rebellious toward their parents.
31 They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
32 Although they know the just decree of God that all who practice such things deserve death, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
This passage could be in the script for any evening news show on TV, any evening of the week. It could be the foundation for any sermon in any church in the West. And it ought to be!
How bad will it get, before we wake up? And grow up? And fall down on our knees in repentance? Alcoholics Anonymous has a proverb that each one has his own “bottom” that he has to hit before he can admit his addiction. How far down is the “bottom” in this fantasy-land of moral corruption and godlessness? How deep is this addiction to self-pleasure, before we see it is destroying us?
So – my question is, what is your parish doing about the growing crisis all around us? Is it enough? Is it anything at all? Is it making a difference? What ought we be doing?
- Are we working to teach and form our own members in the Catholic Faith?
- Are we growing together in the Truth of God’s Word with Bible Studies?
- Are we intentionally deepening our personal prayer-life, and intimate relationship with God in Christ?
- Are we sharing the Faith with friends – strangers – relatives?
- Are we evangelizing? Are we knocking on doors to tell people about the more that God has for them, and that Christ died to give them?
- Are we guarding true moral principles on election day? Are we refusing to elect any who are part of the degrading of Christian morality in our country?
- Are we living a simple life, within our own means, treasuring what is truly of value, and not chasing the glass trinkets of a godless world?