Reunification Project

June 21, 2007

It seems to me that there is a lot of division pretty much everywhere you look

  • I’m a Mac, I’m a PC (I’m a dual bootable PC with Linux on it! I’ve got games on one side and development and security on the other! Hello? Can you put the camera on me? No? Awww)
  • I’m a Conservative, I’m a Liberal
  • Go Yankees! Go Mets…yay?
  • East Coast Rocker! Left Coast Rocker!
  • NASCAR! F1!
  • Go Israel! Go Palestine (hooray Hamas?)
  • World of Warcraft! Every other awesome game that has come out but sadly overshadowed by WoW!

But I feel that one division just makes no sense.

Protestant and Catholic

Okay, there are definitely differences. But we are the same religion. It shouldn’t be “Follow the Catholic church” or “Follow the Lutheran church” or “Follow the Baptist church.” It should be, plain and simple, FOLLOW CHRIST.

“I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” -Ghandi

We follow the same God, and believe the same key tenets. Yet I see posts like this from the National Catholic Register, almost as if written as a smear against Protestantism.

“For the various species of
Protestantism, in addition to denying real biblical truths such as the Real
Presence or infant baptism, also have a tendency to invent “biblical truths”
that do not exist and impose them by means of a sort of cultural pressure via
charismatic preachers with pet theories who, in their own sphere, are granted
an infallibility the Pope could never dream of.”

Come again? What?

I believe you should focus on something more important. Something along the lines of:

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Hmmm. That sounds familiar. Right?

Now which is more important that one believe? Whether infants should be baptised, or that there is one God, who sent Christ to die for our salvation? What does it matter should I believe that the Eucharist is not truly the body of Christ, when you do not? Does this alter salvation?

No, of course not.

So why does there seem to be this rhetoric of attack between Catholics and Protestants? It is nothing but destructive, and it is inconsequential in the end!

Mark 3:24-25

24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Right? It is the same God who created us, and the same Christ who died for the redemption of ALL men, Jew or Gentile, male or female, Catholic or Protestant. The Holy Spirit flows through the blood of the congregation, be it Catholic or Protestant. WE ARE ONE IN THE SPIRIT! It’s an amazing thought to contemplate.

So essentially, I am warring against this split. The church is NOT made of brick and mortar. It is not a heirarchical leadership. It is not to be divided Catholic and Protestant. It is one body. The Church is Christians, and the Church is a mission. The Church is a beacon, and the Church is support.

Matthew 5:13-16

 13“You are the salt of the
earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty
again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and
trampled by men.

 14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither
do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on
its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

So where did it all get so messed up? How can such a comment about Protestant Christianity be construed as beneficial to the body? This kind of nitpicking is tearing the community apart, and it needs to stop right now.

So what you said was:

“For the various species of
Protestantism, in addition to denying real biblical truths such as the Real
Presence or infant baptism, also have a tendency to invent “biblical truths”
that do not exist and impose them by means of a sort of cultural pressure via
charismatic preachers with pet theories who, in their own sphere, are granted
an infallibility the Pope could never dream of.”

What I believe you meant to say was:

Colossians 1 15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For
by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible
and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all
things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And
he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the
firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the
supremacy.

Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

John 10:16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Romans 12:5 …so in Christ, we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

John 17:23 May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Inspired by a few posts on http://catholicwriter.wordpress.com/

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