18 May 2010

Red-headed Stepchild

It's possible my skin is a bit thinner than usual these days, due to home life busyness and chaos that's more ramped-up than normal,  but I am so sick to death of hearing from Protestants that I'm not a Christian, or I'm not saved, or I'm lost and confused,  or blah, blah, blah.  

Sheesh.  Give me a break already.  You'd think the Bible fell out of the sky one day, leather-bound with a concordance, and landed in Luther's or Calvin's hands and prior to that, nobody had heard the word of God before.  You'd think that Christian churches simply sprang up out of thin air in the year 1500 or so, and prior to that Christianity was waiting in limbo to be shared with the world.

Catholics are not the red-headed stepchild of Christianity.  We are not pagans, heathens, or idolaters.

This kind of petty, ignorant, and pig-headed crap has to stop.  I have never in my life presumed to tell a Protestant that they're not going to Heaven, or they don't know Jesus, or they're not saved, or blah, blah, blah.  How could I possibly make such a pronouncement?  What grief we must inflict on Jesus' heart with our stupid nonsense.

I could never not be Catholic.  I have found it to be the fullness of the Christian faith and I will never settle for anything less.  I could not live without His body and blood.  I believe Jesus built His Church on the Rock of St. Peter and since then, it has continued and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

I'm sad and sorry for the splintered Christianity that exists today, and I pray that we will all be one again soon.  In the meantime, I love my brothers and sisters in Christ; I learn from them and take inspiration from them; I am often so amazed and blessed by them.  I just wish some of them could stop nailing their personal manifestos to the door already.



KellyO said...

Awesome post!! I found myself, just today, reading another blog - someone that shares my pro-life passion yet just happens to be Protestant. I read her blog to keep myself educated on issues affecting the battle to save the unborn not to be put into the realm of having to defend my faith. I almost cried as I read how she admires the Catholic view on abortion, IVF, contraception BUT... Well, I'll gladly be the step-child (I'm already the red-head) if that means I get the honor of receiving Christ fully in the Body and the Blood daily! Thank you and bless you!!

GrandmaK said...

Well said!!! To which I add a hearty AMEN!!!! God bless you abundantly!!! Cathy

MBrandon said...

As for me, I can't be a red headed anything anymore, just an old gray haired, with lots of skin showing through for me.

This was an excellent article, once again, Jennifer, in the midst of moving work, and family life work, and all those important things that God has on your plate. Thank you for taking the time to write it.

This has been on my mind a lot lately, and I intend to write about it soon from a different perspective.

I have added my own thoughts to it and posted it here.


God Bless You


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Anne said...

It is so hard, isn't it, to accept our differences without hurting each other. I feel your pain. I've probably done my fair share of inflicting it, too. And isn't it interesting that my word verification is "cruili"? Let's all stop acting so cruili, shall we?

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