The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine.
Jesus answered him, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I have always taught in a synagogue or in the temple area 10 where all the Jews gather, and in secret I have said nothing.
Why ask me? Ask those who heard me what I said to them. They know what I said.”
“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”
Cardinal Francis George
When Pam Geller titled her book on Barack Obama The Post American Presidency I didn’t think the truth of this would be so apparent so soon.
The News that the IRS, a branch of the federal government, targeted religious groups and pro-life groups is so antithetical to the principles of the founding of this government and of the people who STILL come here for the sake of religious freedom it literally leaves you gobsmacked. I found myself so shocked that I couldn’t function until I called a friend and expressed myself.
Two days later with a full night sleep and big family events behind me. I’m almost ashamed to have been so befuddled and angry.
The shock isn’t what they are doing, the shock is that now it’s out in the open for the general public to see. I didn’t think it would happen so fast.
Now two tests are taking place, the first is of Christians as the Pope mentioned today
Catholics can’t put their faith on a part-time schedule or rely on it just for the moments they choose; being Christian is a full-time occupation, Pope Francis said.
If people don’t open their hearts to the Holy Spirit to let God purify and enlighten them, then “our being Christian will be superficial,”
The test of faith is when there is a cost. We will find out which Christians of all denominations are willing to pay it.
The second test is of the American People.
The IRS scandal in general and the targeting of Religious groups to the point where they were asked for their prayers or told they can’t protest planned parenthood are attacks on the basic rights of Americans.
If the American People are willing to let this pass, and are more interested in what is up with Beyoncé or American Idol or the Voice or Star Trek, then they will not only lose this republic they will deserve to.
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