If you peruse through Internet news sites, Facebook, Youtube, etc., you will come across many stories about how the Church and Christianity in general is drying up and people are abandoning their faith, not going to Church, becoming agnostics or atheists, saying no to organized religion, scoffing at believers, and so on. Further, if you are interested in a little more torture, you can view the comments section of any of these sites. This is to venture into the gapping maw of hell. I often wonder if the things that are written in these comments sections were uttered in polite company. I hope they are not.
The news is this: Christianity is dead. Religion is over. Give it up. Embrace secular materialism and your life will be full. Come to the dark side! Only inbred dolts believe in some strange deity any longer. Be smart and abandon your faith.
So what are we to do as believers in Jesus Christ with all this bad news and the fact that there is at least the beginnings of a persecution alive in the world?
Here is a short and incomplete list of what we as disciples of Jesus Christ will continue to do:
Preach the saving and life-giving message of Jesus Christ; feed the poor and starving; love one another; run soup kitchens; house the homeless; open and run schools, colleges and universities; run and stock food shelves; care for abused women and children; open and run hospitals while never turning anyone away for inability to pay; care for the sick in the slums of India, Brazil and most other countries throughout the world; teach all who will listen to care for one another; provide micro loans to women entrepreneurs in Africa; send agricultural missionaries to poor countries to dig wells and teach new farming techniques; provide clothing and shelter in parish based programs; visit those in prison and bring them the sacraments and the forgiving message of God; visit the elderly and abandoned and bring them a hot meal and a loving conversation; tend to the alien and immigrants throughout the world who seek a better living situation and be advocates for them; be a loving presence to those who suffer depression and mental illness; open our arms to those who have no hope. Treat everyone as they should be treated: a person made in the image and likeness of God.
No amount of hatred, persecution or rejection by the current culture will thwart the true believer from the task at hand. We have been created in love and we will radiate that love until our dying breath.
Who will join us in this noble and life-giving mission in service to Our God?