Aug 13, 2019

But Now They Have No Excuse For Their Sin


"If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for my name's sake: because they know not him who sent me. If I had not come, and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin."
St. John 15:20-22

"My job is to inform, not to convince."
Saint Bernadette

No excuse for their sin.

I spend a lot of time reading online vitriol among people who are not believers in Jesus Christ and who are certainly not practicing Catholics. I aim to evangelize unbelievers and it's easier to do so when you are familiar with their objections.

But what I have found recently is that the objections are not philosophical, or moral, they are gut-level: How dare you tell me to stop living this way? Who are you to tell me that you are right and I am wrong? You just want to impose your beliefs on everyone else! Your beliefs are intolerant and ignorant. People aren't believing anymore because they are waking up. You can't tell me how to live.

Unbelievers will always tell you that "...Jesus said to love one another." But non-Christians do not understand what Jesus meant to love.

Jesus never encouraged people to remain in their sins. Jesus never told sinners that it was alright to sin. Jesus never said that people should remain how they are. Jesus preached radical change in the individual and in the communities that he visited. He wanted us to be uncomfortable and not certain of our own goodness because we are all sinners who need to change with God's help and attain holiness.

In the passage where Jesus commands us to love one another He is giving instructions to the disciples on evangelization. This is not an accident. Saving souls from this valley of tears is the ultimate expression of love. Love is absolutely not confirming each other in sin under the guise of "tolerance."

I have read the Gospels many, many times but for some reason, until today, I had never internalized the bolded part of the Gospel excerpt above. What a lesson I was missing!

Now that Christ has come and instructed every human being on Earth on how to please our Creator we have no excuse for our sin. None.

And neither do the people that reject Christ. Plucking small excerpts of His word while rejecting his larger message will profit nobody at their judgement. It does not fool God in the least. 

I know that these people are seeking rationalizations for their behavior. People, especially wealthy and successful adults, hate being told that they are living wrong. These people are radically un-Christianizing themselves and their communities at a rapid rate. This anger will soon be felt by anyone who preaches the Gospel. 

Our duty, of course, does not change. We are called to love them and to tell them that Christ has come and now they have no excuse for their sin.