Every friend and family member hiding from the reality of God have said it. “I’m a good person. I don’t need the Church to tell me how to behave. What is the point… really?”
It is the deadly sin of sloth. Sloth is considered to be a lazy indifference towards God, his church and the spiritual life. These people don’t feel anything towards God. There’s no relationship, and the heavy chains of worldly creature comforts weigh them down. They presume themselves to be able to see, but are more blind than ever. It’s not a nice place to be in so we should treat them like Jesus did the lepers, with kindness and compassion. We should have some answers for them and not be afraid to reach out and touch them.
Even though quoting scripture to prove a point can be helpful, to them it means nothing. Why? Because even though they may be lapsed Christians familiar with the bible, as far as they’re concerned, it holds no authority. However, I won’t allow it to prevent me from quoting scripture regardless. The reason for this is because even though it holds no authority for them, bringing them to the realization they’re nothing new can be helpful. Listening to a quote being 3000 years old, can sometimes shake a person out of the stupor they’re modern and progressive.
You mean I’m not as modern as I thought I was? It may not make an impression right away but it at least plants the seed. You can’t make a tree grow without first planting the seed, right? Consider the following quotes from scripture.
Many describe themselves as kindly men,Proverbs:20:6
but who can find a man really to be trusted?
A mans conduct may strike him as upright,Proverbs:21:2
Yahweh, however, weighs the heart.
Whoops, the concept that we are too good for Church looks like it’s as old as King Solomon himself. Human behaviour never changes. Awaken people to this fact and it can help them.
The problem with many people is that they see Church as a place to teach them how to behave. They do not understand that going to Church is about saving your soul.
I tell you solemnly,John:6:53-54
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
We go to Mass not because we are good people, but because no matter how much good we do, we always fall short of goodness and it’s the road that gets us an eternal life. We go because we Love God. We go because unless we receive the Lord, we have no eternal life. There is no such thing as a good person. He may out do many Saintly Christians with his charitable work, but he still falls short and labors in vain. The reward he gets may be a stroke of the ego from his friends, or the good feeling he gets from giving. Yet, because he has squandered the gift of eternal life, that’s the only reward he will ever get.
The person who does lesser work than him yet goes to Church every week, will receive the greater reward. Such a person never labors in vain because all he does is in the name of Jesus and for Jesus. A person who does good charitable work here without Christ, gets a reward that is temporary. In fact, it is so temporary, that it’s a thirst that can never be satisfied.
Everyday, on a continual basis he labors to get the pat on the back or the good feeling from being the charitable guy in the community. The Christian on the other hand strives to work for a greater reward that is eternal. To acknowledge oneself as the scum of the earth who is not a good person but full of evil is the path to Jesus.
To look upon oneself as the least charitable regardless of how much more you give than the next. All of this is the complete opposite to how the world thinks. The man of the world wants to be recognized for his good works. Whenever someone hands me a gift, and I thank God for the gift it drives them nuts. Why? Because they want the recognition as being the one who gave the gift.
The egocentric, self centered and self styled philosopher can never know God because he views himself as a god. Going to Church means they have to give up the throne and kingdom they’ve set up for themselves and give away the wealth of being a “good person” in exchange for acknowledging nobody is good but God alone. Anything that requires they let go of their god-like know-it-all status is an abomination to them because it requires they come out of hiding.
Life is good being the know-it-all good person who doesn’t need Church. It’s much better to follow this illusory desire and temporary joys than go to Church and receive the greater reward.