Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Media is Quick to Cast the First Stone
"Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone"
--John 8:7 NAB
This Bible verse has been swimming in my head lately. It seems that the media is ready to cast stones at the Catholic Church based on issues from the cleregy sex scandal to the Bishop's opposition to the Obama Health Care Bill. We need to remember the Church is the Bride of Christ. To attack the Church is to attack Jesus. Had he not suffered enough through his Passion and Crucifixion? Our duty as Christians is to spread the good news, and take care of the Church.
The sex scandal is a horrible thing and no child should ever have to endure such evil. What is disturbing is this doesn't just happen with the Catholic Church. This happens in other groups, with other Christians, in our families, in other religous groups, etc. The group with the least occurance? Believe it or not - the Catholic Church. It is UNCOMMON in the church, but you would never believe it based on the news reports.
To get a better perspective, check out these articles defending Mother Church:
Defense of Catholic Clergy
Here Comes Everybody
These points reiterate the bible verse mentioned in the beginning of this post: Let those who are without sin cast the first stone. Instead of creating more problems, we should pray. Pray for the victims. Pray for the parish priests, pray for the clergy involved. God heals. Yes - those involved in committing the crimes will be punished by the law - but even worse - they will have to face God with these sins. God is a loving God - and a just God. But what everyone involved needs is not MORE hurt - but more HEALING. Rid yourselves of the stones and arm yourselves with prayer. It's much more effective.
Posted by Jennifer Gladen