So I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes(ok most of the time). For a while now my peers have been referring to “memes.” For a while I ignored the word and chalked it up to being another geeky internet thing that I can be oblivious to and still live a relatively normal existence. But one day I cracked and exclaimed, what in the world is a meme??
Well it turns out that they’re just any image that goes viral. Mostly now they’re images that circulate with constantly changing phrases, such as:
I’m telling you this because I also just found out that you can create these pretty easily with meme generators. I may go a little crazy and plaster my posts with them…
Now onto the actual post. Today we have another dose of uncomfortable truth. It has always bothered me when people talk about the importance of tolerance and tolerating others. Do we know what those words mean? According dictionary.com, tolerate means “to endure with repugnance; put up with.” And to tolerate belief systems other than your own means “to allow the existence, presence, practice, practice, or act of without prohibition or hindrance; permit.” Why would we permit those things which we believe are immoral and harmful to our neighbors? I’m sorry, but last time I checked Christians are called to love one another, not simply “put up with” their fellow human beings. So what does this mean? To truly love someone means to desire their good above all else. Their good, not their happiness. In our age of political correctness it is taboo to challenge the beliefs of others. Yet, if you believe that you are in possession of the Truth why would you not do everything in your power to spread that Truth? Are you prepared to risk the eternal souls of those around you so as not to offend anyone? We need to love every one and hate sin.
I had already been thinking about this when I found this video, which challenges us to get angry and add a healthy dose of hate to our day:
It’s nice when people who are smarter than me confirm my ideas.
Jesus got angry and indignant when people disrespected His Father, maybe we should too. This event is generally referred to as the cleansing of the temple. What was Jesus cleaning up? Sin. This cleansing required some anger over the current situation and actions that probably offended a few people.
To break this down further(and use more memes!) when we see people harming themselves and their relationship with God by sinning, our reaction should be:
Instead it’s usually more like this(along with a dose of apathy):
As quoted in the video, the newly venerated Bishop Fulton Sheen was very opinionated on this subject. He wrote:
Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it.
It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin.
The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth.
It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind.
The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body; but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom.
Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth.
Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of “live and let live”; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment.
Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God, which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.
Go flip a table today. I dare you.