One of the things that is axiomatic about Christianity is the ability of God to create good in the aftermath of great evil in that such an act moves people to acts of kindness, repentance and mercy. A great example of this comes via Stephen Green at Instapundit came from Instapundit yesterday linking to this CNN story:
“As we deplaned, EVERY SINGLE PERSON STOPPED TO OFFER HER THEIR CONDOLENCES. Some just said they were sorry, some touched her hand, some hugged her, some cried with her. But every single person stopped to speak to her, and not a single person was impatient at the slower deplaning process”, she wrote.
“We can confirm that these are our crewmembers, and that the story appears to be an accurate account of one of our flights from yesterday morning,” Jetblue spokeswoman Morgan Johnston told CNN.
However while the graces of God are active and working the other side is also busy at work hoping to exploit an already evil act as a catalyst for sin some of them obvious and others more subtle.
The first and most obvious is the conflation of a person’s potential sin with the state of their soul.
There is a reason why he Church doesn’t specify any particular person being in Hell, because a person has till their very last moment of life to accept the hand that God offers. To presume the damnation of a person is the Judging that Christ is referring to in the gospel.
Even worse than this temptation are those who actually celebrated the murder of those in Orlando based on their presumed sins. To celebrate the violent murder of others over their sins not only makes the mistake that Jesus warned about those killed in the collapse of the tower of Siloam but is risking the most dangerous sin of all: Spiritual Pride, or as it’s often called today virtue signaling.
Pride is the worst of the deadly sins but spiritual pride is undoubtedly the Devil’s favorite, not only does it deceive the one committing the sin making repentance less likely, but such pride tend to chase people away from God by a horrible example making it doubly productive for him.
It’s a cowardly thing because it’s done to avoid the critique that can come with the one task that can make a difference, engaging someone with love.
But while this is one extreme of Orlando temptation there is a 2nd style just as dangerous, but less obvious, that our enemy tries to tempt us toward, confusing sympathy for the victims of a terrible with excusing, tolerating or even celebrating mortal sin.
It takes very little effort to go along with the world, to suddenly say that sin is not sin, or to go along with the parade and celebrate mortal sin and get the platitudes of the media.
And even those who do not go so far might choose to keep silent, to not make waves, to suggest that stating or teaching clear church doctrine is not the right thing to do because it might cause offense, but Christ warns us that rejection by the world is standard procedure for a Christian.
The irony of course is that like the other extreme, this is also an example of spiritual pride, virtue signaling and cowardice, rather than engaging with love one doesn’t engage at all.
In both cases the Devil wins and you lose, which is the entire idea.
No matter which extreme you are tempted to the thing to remember is this: No matter what people say on twitter, love wins not when you enable mortal sin to the damnation to the plaudits of the crowd, love wins when you engage a person, with patience and love, to help them overcome it.
You might be rejected by the elders, the elites, the betters and even those who rule but that’s OK, because if you are, you’re in good company.
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