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Thursday, August 03, 2006

 

No choice, no dice


Let me do the admission for everyone. Divisions within God's covenanted communities do happen, as though recapitulating in a lesser scale the various schisms that rocked the Church throughout the ages. Depending on whose side you are, the same accusations are hurled: God is pruning His people. Weeding out. Winnowing the wheat from the chaff. Separating the wolves from the lambs.

To the litigious, the accusation can be tantamount to libel. It is a disgrace to see Christian brothers and sisters haling each other to court.

But no matter whose side you belong, all fingers point to the ultimate villain - Satan, the wicked coup plotter. He it is who always inspires minds to reinvent the wheel and incite the faithful to choose between what appears like a choice between two good things.

So the devil causes divisions. But why does God allow them at all? The Pope has an interesting answer. Could it be that divisions are his way of revealing the various truths of the faith yet uncovered? Could it be that He is constantly driving His people through continuous revelation? Now there's a positive side to an ugly reality.

But if you are not satisfied with that, then join me in digging our nose into whose side is indeed deviating from Christian teaching. Here, there's one fool-proof test to reconsider: "You'll know the tree by the fruit it bears."

Think about it. Consider the fact that following God is an all-or-nothing thing. It's either you embrace His will with all your mind, heart and soul or not at all. Being lukewarm and half-hearted about it is not a choice. Following the Lord is a black-or-white thing, absolutely no grays. "If you are neither hot nor cold, it's better that you are spat out - because your non-choice is worse than choosing to be cold."

To the litigious, there's only one loophole of hope left - we can always trust the Lord to turn all evil into good.

To those who are always left in the middle, well, good luck!


9.21.2000


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