Saturday, March 19, 2016

A better answer, in my humble opinion.




This message was posted by The Rev. Kevin Smith prior to the release of the House of Bishops message, shown on the blog post below this one. (I had lost it a few days ago but found it this morning.)

Posted to FB by Kevin Smith, March 14, 2016

Personally, I think it's time for Christians - not the evangelical fundamentalist types - to begin to stand up and be counted against Mr. Trump. It must be done prayerfully, non-violently and compassionately. But it must also be done with the message that under no uncertain terms can this man be elected to anything. And it must be done publicly and firmly with no retaliation, vitriol or need for vengeance. And it's time for our Bishops and leaders to speak out with the authority they possess to denounce the behavior we have witnessed in recent days and weeks. Such behavior is not an option and we need to do all we can to confront it without resorting to the same behaviors because to resort to such behaviors is to betray Christ.
I'm just an insignificant parish priest and I can do a lot in my own sphere. But we need to be a united front standing against the forces of bigotry, racism, homophobia and all the rest of the isms and phobias being voiced. Someone smarter than I must know how to begin. This need not be a clerically lead movement. The Laity has a power of its own which, when put into place, an be unstoppable.
As a student of history, the silence of the Churches in Germany until it was too late gave National Socialism a leg up. While Mr. Trump's movement isn't exactly National Socialism, it IS right wing extremism that stands against everything that Jesus taught and teaches us. Its results will be a catastrophe
Where and how do we start?

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Evangelartist said...

Concerning Trump, I left this comment (below) earlier on this site in response to something a lady named Jeanna had written: This could be a key as to "where the laity should start" in terms of defining and affirming Scriptural criteria for determining who our leadership is to be:
Jeanna, this matter of Trump "leading America back to God" is, in the light of Jesus' words, very puzzling. First, Our Lord said "You know a tree by its fruit" or words to that effect, and that "you don't get figs from thistle plants." We are not to "judge" people in the sense of condemning them (which is Our Lord's role in the end if they deserve eternal death), but we are not to be naive or to remain ignorant of the wickedness of people (especially if the evil is within ourselves, to the end that we correct ourselves) since their bad fruit is evidence of their need for God and our need to recognize their need for us to pray for and evangelize them "by all means" as St. Paul said. cont.

Evangelartist said...

. Perhaps Trump will prove to be such a means by God's will and influence if he has truly repented of his past bad fruits, such as his love for money, his several divorces and remarriages, etc. Let us not forget that St. John the Baptist lost his head over his objection to Herod's (or was it Pilate's) marriage to his brother's wife while the man was still living. Should we as Christians (?) not also rightly anticipate and expect that Trump will leave his current "wife" in accord with Jesus' teaching on divorce and remarriage, which He forbid? I am aware that it was witnessed as seeming evidence that Trump's current wife publicly prayed the Our Father, which in a way could possibly serve as a kind of penance for her for marrying a divorced man whose former wife or wives are still living (as far as I know.)So it would seem that Donald Trump could match some of the criteria for the past character of the Great Monarch, who is said to be someone who was like "a saint in his youth, a great sinner when older, and then like a saint again later on," or words to that effect. cont.

Evangelartist said...

And as one who at 64 is still single (against my will and means), I know how difficult it would be for Trump as a man to become chastely celibate by leaving his current spouse./// Owing to a certain Austrian Catholic seer's prophesy (in the mid nineties I think) that Arab's will destroy New York City with nuclear devices "owing to something the Americans do against the Arabs, I developed a small book that addresses these issues and mailed a copy to President Trump a few months ago, but I have not yet received a response... to what I wrote in response to the Scripture that says that the wicked man and nation is to be warned... etc. (Ezekiel Chapter 33) I wrote and sent that book in faith and with awareness that it could cost me dearly, depending on the true character of Trump, but that would be a good thing actually for my eternal soul. So in a way, in agreement with the possibility of what you said, Jeanna Casey, God could use the man in an adversarial manner even as the Lord might use the Arab's as well in the manner noted above. cont.

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I'm trying to see the prospect of the best coming out of Trump's election and administration, especially if he is listening to many Christian counselors, as it is written "Where there are few counselors, plans fail, but where there are many, there is success", (or Proverbial words to that effect) perhaps alluding to the outcome of a wisely counseled leadership./// As for the Catholic media industry, only a recent development among "Catholics" (most of us being Biblically ignorant, and so, ignorant of Christ as St. Jerome said centuries ago, and so, ignorant of His teaching commands which cannot be obeyed if they are not known and comprehensibly comprehensively integrated within our lives): ... The world is totally in the mess it is manifesting very largely due to the lack of such a Catholic media infrastructure supportive of Christian Catholic fiction writers, novelists and screenwriters, the lack of which now accommodates the secular media's mis-influence of billions of people via internet movie and TV streaming of God-less content: For lack of such an infrastructure being established in the early part of the 20th century the USA has not been influenced by the leavening "salt of the earth and light of the world" we were meant to be, but it and God's creation and all that is sacred has been perverted by the secular media novelists and scriptwriters which - with and by our clergy who monopolized the evangelistic mission of we, the Church, for many centuries until only recently - failed to counsel us to study the Word daily (not just give us a spiritual starvation diet of one day a week religion/readings);Consequently "Catholics" of media/arts stewardship potential and talent failed to take the initiative to employ the social means of mass communication, the "old media" about which no one will admit was totally neglected on the scale that could, should and would otherwise have been.///

Evangelartist said...

So now we have been lacking the vision of God's Word for many decades, "due to lack of which the people perish."/// So will Trump defy the false mandate of separation of Church and state and begin to make certain that the American people begin to study and integrate the Word of God within all aspects of our lives and stewardship of God's creation? I advocate the first Amendment (and several other entries in the Constitution)to be amended to warrant that the teaching commands Of Jesus be studied and obeyed by all citizens as the means to change and improve our moral character and by which to support, promote, preserve and perpetuate instead of destroy our rights, freedom, resources an very lives: For as it has been said, "The future is determined by the character of those who shape it". But IS THERE INDEED A FUTURE FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE who have destroyed the future of millions of unborn children (to say little of conceding to the same-sex "marriage" "behavior" the likes of which destroyed Sodom etc. when the American character has thusly become - like that of so many Scripturally illiterate "Catholics" - indistinguishable from the worldly wicked, as was foreshadowed of God's people in 2nd Chronicles 7:14./// (I have known "catholics" who will "God bless you" and pray for you and remember you in their prayers at Adoration, but just disagree with or try to fraternally correct one of these, or by doing something right cause them to experience some sort of loss in the face of what they have been doing wrong! -as chronicled in my book "The Silence of the Shepherds: The Evidence and the Remedy!")/// We "Catholics" need one another's prayers and support in terms of Godly-talent accommodating resources - if such prayers are indeed of any worth in the hearts of so many - to the end that we become the society-leavening "salt of the earth" and "the light of the world" which Jesus meant for us to be./// In my earlier-mentioned book, "A Proposal to Avert the Nuclear Destruction of New York City" I challenged Mr. Trump to depart from his current spouse to the end that he will convey his genuine faith in Christ and love for God (and the vision of His Word, truth and will consistently manifest in his life)to all US citizens as well as to the Arab/Islamics who see us as being so ungodly (and they are correct, if despite their own errors of belief in the letter of the Shariah law), to the end that God does not use them to destroy the "Babylon" of "Trump City" (NYC) with fire, or the east coast of the Babylon of the USA by an asteroid-generated "mile-high" tsunami(as archetypally prophesied in the OT in many places). We are as disciples of Jesus called to employ all the means we have so as to comprehensively serve God and the eternally common good of all./// Personally I hope for the best, but I think that whatever Mr. Trump has in mind that MIGHT help may well be too little too late, like these, my own comments. (But please, go ahead; someone prove me to be wrong in this!) It may be that the long-prophesied and inevitable Three Days of Darkness will prove to be the culmination of what is happening in this nation and the world... and only then will the "meek inherit the earth", inasmuch as thereafter, only the meek will remain. Malachi 4:1-3 (This may all seem like a hodge-podge of ideas, but they are in fact various inter-relevant integrations of the Word of God with the :"signs of the times" or symptoms of what ails us... as my books express as well and from which I have been "quoting". My name is, by the way, Kevin Landry)

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