During mass tonight I was reflecting on the readings as I usually do. The Old Testament reading prompted this post.
Ezekiel 33: 7 - 9
7 "So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.
8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.
Did you get that last bit? The sinners blood will be on YOUR hands IF you didn't warn them about sin. Catholics are you speaking up about sin in society today or have you been bullied into thinking 'tolerance' means you have to shut up? Have you been told you are homophobic because you oppose gay marriage? (I've yet to see anyone who is afraid of a gay person- such a ridiculous argument). Have you been told that to "love your neighbor" you must not only tolerate gay marriage but accept it and want it taught to your children in public school? Have you been told to "mind your own business" when the topic of abortion comes up? Have you heard other Catholics say things like "I'm against abortion BUT I think it's a choice for other women"? It's not a choice, it's a death sentence to an innocent pre-born human being. Murder is sin. Supporting the "choice" of murder is a sin too. If you're not warning people of these sins, it will be on you one day.
Have you heard any of these things? Has anyone said them to you? They have to me and my response is "If I didn't love you, I wouldn't bother sharing the Word of God with you."
To love your neighbor as yourself is wanting what's best for them. The best for them is Jesus Christ. Gay marriage is not love, its sin. If I hated you I would accept and tolerate your sins, but I love you so I will NOT accept or tolerate your sin.
Scripture clearly tells us to WARN the sinner of their sin- they may not know what they are doing is sin unless you tell them. Do NOT beat them over the head with your bible or catechism. That does nothing but irritate people. SHARE the love of God with people. Share how much God hates sin and wants people to repent and turn to Him. Share the beauty of your Catholic faith. Don't keep it some guarded secret! Don't miss the opportunity to share God with another person.
Catholics have the most amazing blessings from God in our Sacraments. One of them is Confession/Reconciliation. This is a gift, a gift we need to embrace and put to use in our lives. We sin, we sin daily in ways we recognize and sometimes in ways we don't at first recognize. Sin separates us from God, but Confession brings us back. If you have supported gay marriage, abortions, euthanasia and more you need to confess these things and you can be forgiven. Don't fall for society redefining everything and telling you these things aren't sins, they are! Look at yourself, see your sins and confess them.
Sin leads to death...eternal death. But our Loving Father in Heaven has given us the choice to choose life or death. Choose life. Go to Confession, have your sins forgiven. There is nothing that God won't forgive you for if you repent and truly seek forgiveness for your sins. He knows you're a sinner, He's just waiting for your confession.
From the wonderful Archbishop Fulton Sheen...(you don't want to miss this)
I love Archbishop Sheen's final words...
"If you had never sinned, you never could call Jesus 'Savior'."