Though Francis speaks about many faults of the church, he is often admonished for not talking enough about certain subjects, such as abortion. According to Pope Francis, the hot political topics of the day aren’t the only things to talk about. “The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” he says (Winfield 2013). If the Bible makes the answer obvious, there is little use in arguing about other options. Condemnation hasn’t gotten the church very far. Hundreds of believers are leaving their religious homes because the church stopped offering them something that one would think would be in abundant supply: love.
Whenever doctrine gets in the way of putting love into action, there is something wrong. Pope Francis seems to know this, and he is doing his best to speak out against what the church has become. In his opinion, the church will “fall like a house of cards” unless it changes its approach (Winfield 2013). “The key, he said, is for the church to welcome, not exclude and show mercy, not condemnation” (Winfield 2013). If the church spends its entire time condemning people for their sins, no one will be left to attend services.
God shows love to everyone, no matter how messy his or her life is. Too often we humans judge others according to what we see. When Francis is asked about the hottest topics and what to do about them, he responds, “Who am I to judge?” (Winfield 2013). It’s a very new approach to the papacy.
To this point, much of what the Catholic Church does seems to be driven by correcting wrongs. Pope Francis’ dream is much different. He wants all believers to go into the world as doctors healing a broken, sick world. That means addressing broken legs and cancer first, not asking if people have too much bad cholesterol or eat too many sweets. Wounds first, everything else second (Winfield 2013).
“The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the church must be ministers of mercy above all,” says Francis (Winfield 2013). All the rules that get everyone stuck in judgment mode will, in time, cause a regression that might never allow escape. The key for those on Christian dating sites like Christianmingle and in the general public is to treat others with love. The world doesn’t want to see judgmental people telling them they are hated by God. Instead, the word wants to hear they are loved and accepted. As the old adage goes “people don’t care what you know until they know you care.” Therefore, this holiday season, be sure to spread the reason for the season by extending grace, forgiveness, and good cheer!
Winfield, N. and Zoll, R., Associated Press. Church could ‘fall like a house of cards’ if it doesn’t temper stances on contraception, gays and abortion, Pope says. Retrieved on September 29, 2013 from life.nationalpost.com/2013/09/19/catholic-church-could-fall-like-a-house-of-cards-if-it-doesnt-temper-stances-on-contraception-gays-and-abortion/
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