Counter-Cultural Christ

 

Earlier this week, I found myself in an unnerving place—one of my friends put me in a position that I was uncomfortable being in because of my Catholic faith.  I know that it happens to people often in the world we live it.

 

I also know that this experience was not unique to me.  Perhaps you have been in a similar situation where someone is talking about engaging in adultery, stealing, or pornography, for instance.  I am sure that we have all been in situations even with close friends or family when the decision is placed before us to say something in defense of what we believe or to remain silent.  Sometimes the situation is so shocking that you may react like I did—in stunned silence—at least at first. 

 

But thankfully, with God by my side, I was able to pull forth my strength and confront the situation, and the person, head on and explain my position in light of my beliefs.  I felt better for having done so, even though it was hard. 

 

As Pope Francis said Nov. 1, we are called to be saints, which means we have to keep trying.  He said saints “Are not superheroes, nor were they born perfect. They are like us, each one of us.” He continued on, and called on us “To not be afraid to go against the tide or to be misunderstood and derided when we speak about (Jesus) and the Gospel.”

 

It can be a hard thing to go against situations that society says is okay but faith and morals say otherwise.  I think that sometimes we need to say things that may be controversial when faith or morals are brought up.  What do you think?  Have you been in a situation in which you were called upon to say something even if it meant that you might be faced with animosity or ridicule?

 

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3 thoughts on “Counter-Cultural Christ”

  1. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing – Edmund Burke.

    Sometimes it can also be a case of informing someone of what is/is not appropriate/wrong/acceptable, etc because that person does not know the correct way to act. They may have never learned the correct way, and if one stays silent that person will never have the opportunity to learn and correct their actions.

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  2. I have also quoted Edmund Burke! Same quote, and I am in full agreement.
    Here’s another:
    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein
    I speak up in the name of justice, fair-play, and for those who are not strong enough to do it for themselves.
    Keep fighting the good fight!

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  3. “Brave”

    You can be amazing
    You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
    You can be the outcast
    Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
    Or you can start speaking up
    Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
    When they settle ‘neath your skin
    Kept on the inside and no sunlight
    Sometimes a shadow wins
    But I wonder what would happen if you

    Say what you wanna say
    And let the words fall out
    Honestly I wanna see you be brave

    Everybody’s been there,
    Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
    Fallen for the fear
    And done some disappearing,
    Bow down to the mighty
    Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
    Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
    Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
    Show me how big your brave is

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