Could You Influence Anything? Take A Step Back and Look.

I think it’s easy to write about Church History, doctrine, canon laws, etc.

It’s easy to talk about how Catholics, or any simply Christian, should conduct themselves by the edicts of their professed Church. I look up a source, type it up, cite it, and give it to you.

It’s even easy to dust off one’s metaphorical or literal soapbox, step up, look at the empty and strange faces in the crowd and preach what we think is the message of the Gospel.

So what is difficult? I find it’s difficult to understand God, and his message, because I’m human. The divine is simply something when I meditate on is something that feels so distant, although at times it rushes through my soul–and evaporates so to speak. God comes to us through His grace. He invites us into a relationship with Him, after millenniums of we humans rejecting His grace. We, a creation of His, who shared a friendship with Him, reflected inward and chose–and still choose–our individual priority over Him and those of our community.
My recent time spent studying God’s Word in Mark’s Gospels; and with it, my reflection on our human condition only stresses how lost we His sheep truly are in the world.

I could write more on certain reflections on the Gospel itself, such as the Miracle of feedings of the 5000 and 4000, the Young Rich Man, the service to others, and the many healings of Jesus early in Mark’s Gospels, but what would it matter? The Gospel speaks for itself–either accept the grace given or be eaten by the sparrows, burned in the sun or choked away to the fires of Gehenna.

We must rely on our faith in God and His grace because we live in a world where logically sound ideas and civil debate, or at least ones with substance not driven by social media and ‘fake news’ (whatever that means), are no longer dangerous. Of course, ideologically driven groupthink can be as influential as any mob in history, but one person’s idea such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Jesus, Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther,  Kant, Descartes, Spinoza, Voltaire, Burke, Locke, Paine, Jefferson, Marx, Nietzche, Freud, MLK, John Paul II etc. can no longer change the tide of our internet driven Western consumer culture.

The culture has gone to two extremes, The heresy of the 20th century of becoming so inward driven by our desires for material consumption and the other of a virtual Gnosticism of battling for our perceived ‘rights’ either in the media or on social media.

Look at the trends of our culture, look at what influences them, Do any of our blogs even matter or do they serve us to merely be complacent with our status quo? Ask yourself, can one person have the influence of a Paul, Augustine, Jefferson, MLK, or John Paul II?

2 Comments

  1. Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Here is a post with an interesting question. It is one a historian would ask. “Ask yourself, can one person have the influence of a Paul, Augustine, Jefferson, MLK, or John Paul II?”

    Do you want to know how small and insignificant we are? On a clear night, find a spot as far as you can from city lights. Then spread out a blanket, lay on your back, and gaze up into the sky. Think about what you a seeing. Endless numbers of stars, a universe that appears to go on and on without end.

    What influence did Paul, Augustine, Jefferson, MLK, or John Paul II have? Earth is only a small little ball of mud, one of the many small objects that circle around a minor yellow star. If an asteroid crashed into us, would anyone care? We live in the midst of a nearly empty void that dwarfs even the most gigantic stars. We worry about influencing this tiny little world, but how is that we exist at all?

    Fortunately, Jesus told us what we should fear. There is our Creator, God. The Bible says God cares, that each of us matters.

    Luke 12:4-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
    Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

    4 “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

    6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

    God has a plan for each of us. Is it to influence this world? Maybe not.

    If all we do is tell our neighbors about the Gospel, we have glorified our Creator. If we love our Maker above all else, have we not done — will we not do — what He asks. When we love God and strive to obey Him, what else matters?

    Read Philip’s post. Then remember what he says. We must rely upon our faith in God and His grace.

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  2. Perhaps, the problem with out culture, our toxic culture, is in no small part in the education of our young people. Instead of the indoctrination which goes on in the schools, the educators ought to be working to develop the critical thinking skills of the pupils, which is the true purpose of education. Sadly, that will not happen with the government mandating the agenda in the public school system.

    Is there any hope for this very demoralized and shallow culture? It is hard to be optimistic.

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