I’m Gonna Flip This Table!

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:

Courtesy of BadCatholic

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.

Remember this?

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.

7 Replies to “I’m Gonna Flip This Table!”

  1. Slightly related but mostly OT to your blog today. I head to Peoria, Ill. on Sept 8th to be part of the Mass of Thanksgiving for Abp Sheen being elevated to “Venerable”. Did you know that the Holy Father actually worked with him during Vatican II?… 🙂

  2. So question: Is this post meant to convey the idea that Christians should hate falsehoods (such as belief systems other than Christianity and things which they deem not morally correct) and that they should attempt to show people the true way of doing or believing?

    1. Yes, Matt, that is generally what I was getting at. A friend and I were discussing this idea further and were questioning what exactly it is that we are hating. Sin occurs when we reject God and is usually a lack of something – lack of love and good. So we hate that lack. The point is that if we love God, we should be greatly saddened by whatever hurts him. In the same way, if we love others, we should also be saddened by the things they do to hurt themselves. And of course there are better ways than others to go about bringing others to the Truth.

  3. Well in that case (and I mean no offense), how do you know that you’re right? Yes, the general belief is that God is infallible, not gonna try to discuss that here, but people are quite fallible. what proof do you have that you have the only truth? Why is it so impossible that they are right instead, or simply approaching truth from a different path? In the video, there’s the example of 8 being an aspect of 10, from 3+7=10, but what if the math equation is much more complicated than that? What if its really 3 x+ (7/pi)= 10? Can you really say with certainty that you know the whole truth?
    This story illustrates my point for me better than I can, and you may want to check it out: http://achievebalance.com/spirit/ots/ots.htm

    1. This question has been argued a countless amount of times and I don’t think it’s really necessary to discuss it here. I could cite my personal “proof” for believing but really in the end it comes down to faith. I can’t know for certain that I’m 100% right, but my faith tells me that I am. You might want to look at stories of converts who set out to “prove” the Catholic Church wrong and ended up joining it, such as this guy: http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/how-do-we-know-it%E2%80%99s-the-true-church

      Fr. Robert Barron also has some great videos and articles on the Church. Look him up on youtube or go to his website: wordonfire.org

      As for the math equation, if it’s more complicated doesn’t it still only have 1 right answer? I can say with certainty that I don’t know the whole truth – God is infinite and I’ll never be able to learn everything about Him here on earth. However I believe that the Catholic Church is the true Church and is the best way for me to attain the Truth.

      As for your story, I realize that it is trying to make the point that every belief system is looking at part of the whole Truth. This might be true, but couldn’t it also be said that the Catholic Church can see the whole Truth and possesses the ‘One True Shape’?

What do you think?