Is this Christian Love?
This morning I was attending my father’s funeral at St. John the Baptist Catholic church. I am no longer Catholic and haven’t been for many years. I credit Catholicism for grounding me in my Christian faith. During the Mass however, I could not stop myself from remembering why I quit the Catholic church and how the ceremonies that I was watching seemed so wrong.
How unchristian of me to criticize the way another denomination chooses to worhip our God! After a few minutes of reflection, I realized how petty that was and also how utterly human.
It is only human to criticize someone whose customs are different that our own. I remember this little verse from an album that was popular wan I was a teenager. The album was a comedy album by Dave Gardner (Brother Dave Gardener). The name of the song is National Brotherhood Week. A performance of this can be fo0und on youtube. One of the verses went like this
Oh the Protestants hate the Catholics
And the Catholics hate the Protestants
The Muslims hate the Hindus
And every one hates the Jews
You’ll need to watch the performance to hear the refrain. The point is that we have more than enough things that divide us, we need to focus on the things that we have in common and practice love for one another.
- Time to stand and choose (jamesgbrown4226.wordpress.com)