During a conversation with a thoroughly pleasant man I met earlier, we arrived at the subject of hypocrisy – particularly in the Church. He identifies as a goth – loves gothic archetecture and style, and dresses in a typically macabre fashion. He noted how many people are fine talking about welcoming anyone who doesn’t fit into the popular Christian ‘scene’ to the church, but when they actually come across someone that doesn’t fit in (on an aesthetic level) – they reject them.
It’s kind of the same way I see the gothic movement within Christianity. like Moses we’ve been set apart for a great cause. not to fit into the norm so that we can reach the people that the common man cannot
He made an excellent point. We all have a great task in continuing God’s work – each niche is much more than a drop in the ocean. Just as the Apostles spread throughout the land, that mission has never completed and shall never end.
look at Christ when he ate with Sinners publicans and prostitutes and yet most Christians like to talk a big game but when it comes down to actually putting faith into action they’re afraid of the stigma of the dishonor of Association
People have their prejudices and pride just as others have different sins and unsavoury features; if we didn’t – we wouldn’t need God’s help, we would be perfect. Philosophies such as hedonism and individualism teach their followers that they are the centre of the universe and that everything in life is for their pleasure alone, that they need no other, human or Divine, to live. But we know this is false and the facade of pleasure they experience is just that – a cheap facade masking their spiritual death.
I’m always reminded of Patricia Routledge in “Keeping up Appearances” when I witness people putting their pride and prejudice before God – If you can’t sit on the ground in filth as an equal with your brother or sister, but will sit with them in Church, how can you call yourself a Christian?
Similarly, as my new friend Lufroi quoted Saint John Chrysostom:
If you do not find Jesus in the poor beggar at the church door, then how do you expect to see him in the Chalice? – st John Chrysostom
May God be with you.