Jesus loves the little children. All the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they’re all precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Remember that song? Sure you do. We all sang it when we were little. That was also a time when we all believed that Santa visited every child’s home with gifts on Christmas Eve, the Tooth Fairy left a coin under every child’s pillow in place of the tooth placed there, and the Easter Bunny hid beautifully colored eggs and candy in a basket for children to find. As we got older, the realities of life and our maturing young minds caused us to stop believing in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny. But what about Jesus?
The Jesus we believed in from that song is the Jesus the vast majority of us still believe in today. The Jesus of the song isn’t the Jesus of the Bible nor history. There’s much more to the biblical Jesus than the Jesus of that children’s song, but most of us still believe the Jesus of the song is all there is to Him. Does Jesus love the little children? Of course He does! Jesus loves everybody! But the love of Jesus isn’t of the syrupy sweet variety, nor does it motivate us to have a group hug and sing Kumbaya. No, the historical Jesus of the Bible is much different than that.
Modern adults—the very few that there are in today’s society—still maintain the children’s concept of Jesus for one very simple reason: they don’t (or won’t) read and study the Bible. They’ll read steamy (often soft porn) romances or violent murder mysteries and spy novels, but for some reason they think that the Bible is boring and won’t hold their interest. Well, allow me to divest you from that thought by introducing you to the other side of Christ—the biblical Jesus.
Reality of Adulthood
Jesus most certainly loves everyone, but He treated adults like adults. Why do you spank a child when the child misbehaves? Because you love that child, of course. But you can’t spank an adult. Rather than learn from a spanking, adults focus on feeling as though they’ve been disrespected and humiliated. So what has to be done with an adult who is misbehaving is to make them face truth, often very harshly.
This Jesus of our childhood concept tells us in Luke 12:51-53, “Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division; for henceforth in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against her mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Does that sound like a Kumbaya singing Jesus? No, not at all. As they say on mail order television commercials: But wait! That’s not all!
Motivated by love, Jesus confronted people with some very hard truths in some very harsh language and ways. Jesus loved all men by confronting them with truth. He called them liars (John 8:55), told men they were sons of the devil (John 8:44), called them hypocrites (Matthew 22:18, 23:13-15, et alia), called them whitewashed sepulchers full of dead men’s bones (Matthew 23:27), and drove evil doers from the temple with a whip (John 2:15). He told all of us that He’d spit us out of His mouth for being lukewarm (Revelation 3:16). This isn’t a group hug Jesus.
Not a Warm Fuzzy
He’s not the Jesus the Warm Fuzzy we learned about when we were little children. That concept of Him is for children, not adults. The adult version of Jesus is that He’s the Incarnate Word of God, and He’s very serious about the things He told us. You might want to begin reading the Gospels to see what those things are.
The other side of Christ used to be taught in the institutional Catholic Church. Fifty years ago, traitors within the Church began teaching us about Jesus the Warm Fuzzy. They taught us we were all okay, and that Jesus doesn’t expect us to be perfect (despite what He said to the contrary in Matthew 5:48). They told us there was no need to go to confession unless we overtly intended to hurt Jesus with our actions (the heresy of fundamental option). Kumbaya time! Well, that was a load of baloney, and you should be mad as hell that those traitors endangered your immortal soul. I know I am!
We live in a society where right has become wrong, and wrong has become right. Any mention of God and His laws will get you attacked and labeled as a racist or homophobe. The mere mention of the scientific reality that there are only two genders gets you labeled as transphobic. This is insanity, but it’s an insanity of our own making because we’ve been lukewarm for far too long. (Oh-oh, spitting time!)
We have become the Rome of the first century, and history tells us what happened there. Christ conquered Rome, and He did so with truth. But those truths were conveyed by brave bishops, priests, deacons, and lay people who had no fear of the consequences. They went out of their way to engage people who were powerful and had power over their lives. While the powerful fought truth with the weapons of the time, Catholics (yes, that’a all there were then) proclaimed truth with the most powerful weapon: being led by the Holy Spirit to be very vocal about the Incarnate Word of God.
We don’t need any more of the claptrap from the Neo-Modernist traitors within the Church. What we need is Catholics who are bold and brave—people like St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Polycarp, St. Felicitas, St. Perpetua, and St. Cecilia. If you’re not that brave, you can at least obey the spiritual works of mercy and admonish the sinner when you see and hear things contrary to the Catholic faith. After all, none of us want Jesus to spit us out of His mouth!
After Mass today you’ll go on a family outing or a nice Sunday dinner. You’ll probably give this little or no thought for the rest of the day, much less tomorrow. You’ll enjoy your day and go merrily along, ignoring the realities taking place around you as long as they have no direct impact on you, much like Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Sad and shameful. Well, you can always sing Kumbaya.
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