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Monday, February 23, 2009

One of Ten

I just came across this article by Catholic apologist and author Dr. Peter Kreeft over on and wanted you to read it and share my thoughts on the subject.

Here's the article:

There most certainly is a cultural war and it's a war for our souls. I've often said that the greatest trick the devil ever played wasn't convincing the world that he didn't exist, but in convincing the world that God doesn't exist.

Satan most certainly is busy corrupting souls everywhere and I would imagine his greatest pleasure comes not from the corruption of the neutral or indifferent as those are the low hanging fruit, the easy targets; but of the faithful - the Catholic Church, the clergy, the leaders and all those of little faith, all potential saints. The closer we get to God, the stronger Satan's attacks become.

I would add that when Satan has so intentionally, quietly, and thoroughly infiltrated the body of a society, culture, religion or even a denomination so it then adopts certain ways and laws designed to move the whole slowly and deliberately further from God; and then begins to fill that void with indifference eventually embracing evil so completely that you can no longer separate one from the other, it can become necessary as a society to pluck out that proverbial offending eye or cut off that stumbling foot for the sake of the rest of the righteous body.

One may argue that a society, culture, religion, nation, state, or even a city has no soul and is therefore not subject to the pains of hell and this is basically true. But those are not stand-alone entities. They are made up of the children of God that do have immortal souls subject to both sin and salvation and they do have free will. As the former residents of Sodom and Gomorrah would attest they were most certainly subject to God's judgment and wrath as a city.

And yet if all the faithful are the body of Christ, who are we to say that one part of that body offends Christ? It is HE alone, as the head of that body who will be that judge. Through prayer and reflection and steadfastness to our faith, we need to keep the planks out of our own eyes first. Once we can see it for ourselves, we have a responsibility as Christians to live it and invite others walk with us on the path to Christ, not to drag them kicking and screaming. Whether they choose to take that path or not is not up to us, but between them and the Holy Spirit.

Imagine the wickedness and corrupt sinfulness of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Witness the righteous mercy of God who told Abraham that just 10 righteous people amongst those thousands would have been enough for Him to forgive and save such an immoral society.

Now ask yourself; How many would we need right here and right now?

Will you be one of the ten?

God Bless You,

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