Thursday, 26 July 2012
For those on the Christian path, what are we called to?
Are we called to be God bearers, giving birth to Christ in the world? Are we called to see Christ in our enemies? To embrace not only those we love, but also those marginalized and despised, hidden from view?
How is that possible? Only by truly believing that because of grace, we are called to be other Christ in the world. When we pray, perhaps like Christ, we represent with and through Christ, all of mankind, for then we truly bear each others burdens.
The Our Father, if said slowly and pondered, seems to indicate that. For Catholics, the last part of the "Hail Mary" says this: "pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death". This seems to be a prayer for the whole human race, just like the Our Father.
More often than not people hate Christians because they accost those they feel are outside the fold; in other words they are persecuted because of their unbelief, belittled and not simply loved as Christ taught us. I know that the majority do not do this, but as we know, the negative is what sticks out.
If people do not experience the Christian before them as filled with love, then their blabbering is a waste of time. Perhaps preaching should not be attempted until ones inner demons, anger, rages, doubts and lust are confronted, known and owned. Perhaps in judging others, in fact, we really our judging ourselves and more often than not, it seems at times, to be based on envy and jealousy.
In what ways has God called you to bring the message of Christ to the world? What are you doing, or not doing, to make that calling a reality?