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CLARITY – 2-16-19 At Long Last

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-16-19

At Long Last

What’s Happening: “American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was defrocked by Pope Francis over accusations he sexually abused a teenager 50 years ago the Vatican announced today, thus levying the harshest spiritual discipline that could be given by the church – he is to be considered as a lay person and cannot preside over mass. The ex-Cardinal, 88, resigned last July. The Catholic church has been ‘cleaning house’ recently, especially in America and Chile (https://www.yahoo.com/news/vatican-defrocks-former-us-cardinal-sex-abuse-minor-094117909.html). The above link is for an article that quotes, ‘McCarrick was ordained a priest in 1958 and rose through the ranks in the Archdiocese of New York before being installed as archbishop of Washington in 2001, a post he held until 2006.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Surely this is the end of this historical fiasco and embarrassment for the church!”

Biblical Response:  “Surely not, unfortunately. As long as sinful man is at the head of any institution, he’ll find a way to abuse its power. It is very sad that Priests, Bishops and Cardinals have abused their power…and, in some cases, sexually abused minors who trusted them. Thankfully, these allegation were thoroughly and independently investigated and the Catholic church has at least tried to mete out some justice. Of course, there may be some unknown or still guarded secret liaisons that are yet to be revealed. But, as the Scripture promises, ‘your transgressions are discovered’ (Ezek. 21:24).

“Christians? There is nothing hidden from God (Mk. 4:22). The proverbial closet is a myth. He has been in the closet all along. For Christians (really, for everyone) there is no such thing as ‘a private life.’ This is cause for much repentance…and it should be. Those things that are reprehensible and have earthly collateral damage, we may be held accountable for by the courts…criminally and civilly, as the case is. God’s judgment is a little more complete, however. As I’ve said before, justice make hell necessary, but, thankfully, mercy makes heaven possible.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take seriously our charge to be ‘salt and light’ (Matt. 5:13-14); in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY -8-30-18 Humble Yourself, or Be Humbled

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-30-18

Humble Yourself, or Be Humbled

 

What’s Happening:  “A letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was published on two conservative Catholic platforms and said Pope Francis knew about sexual abuse by former Cardinal McCarrick in 2013 and should resign. The Pope said, ‘I won’t say a word about it.’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/catholic-cardinal-calls-pope-francis-123218998.html). Some defended Vigano, some attacked him. I guess partisanship is alive and well, even in the Catholic Church.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “From within or without, the Catholic Church is going down!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Probably not. The Catholic Church existed long before any of us came on the scene, and it’s likely they will exist long after we are gone. Still, it’s embarrassing to have the unrighteous world call you on the carpet. Perhaps you’ve heard the saying: ’Humble yourself…or be humbled.’ (Matt. 23;12)”

 

“Christians? It’s sad (and confusing) when we have a double standard (one we recommend…and another, more lenient one, we live by). When we refuse the private discipline of the Lord, He’ll put our business on the street. Change is what He’s after, We can take the easier route…or the harder one. (Heb. 12:6)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to correct ourselves before we have to be corrected; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent