So, I followed a link someone sent me today to a sermon by a protestant minister. The video is humorous and interesting and I decided right away that I would probably borrow some of it for a future homily of my own. But, if you’ve ever used YouTube, you know that they give you other suggested videos that you might be interested in. Here’s a sample of some of the titles:
- Joyce Myers Exposed
- Benny Hinn Rebukes Joel Osteen
- John McArthur Exposes Joel Osteen
- Benny Hinn Exposed
- John McArthur on Billy Graham, Catholicism (interesting that he would lump them together)
- Billy Graham EXPOSED documentary with documented facts (you think they have documents?)
I could go on and on but that would mean having to watch this stuff and frankly, I don’t have the time or the desire. I’m also not providing links because I don’t want to encourage you to watch either. But, if you insist, just go to YouTube and type the name of your favorite preacher followed by the word “exposed” and you’ll have enough to keep you busy all day.
Then, of course, you can find thousands of videos telling you everything that’s wrong with the Catholic Church.
Here’s the thing. Jesus never said anything bad about people who believed differently from Him. In fact, He often used non-Jews in His parables to make the point that there’s good in everybody. He never said that the Samaritans were going to hell but He did say that many of his Jewish brethren were. (See this coming Sunday’s Gospel). Jesus was all about faith and love. Shouldn’t we all follow suit?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a Roman Catholic through-and-through. I have major disagreements with everyone listed above. But, I don’t think it’s my place to call them out, by name, and tell you why they’re wrong. My place is to tell you why I believe I’m right. I guess that’s the salesman in me. I believe you must have a pretty weak case if the only way you can sell your product or service is to criticize the other guy. Most people are too smart to fall for that.
It just seems strange to me that so many people who say they believe in God, and Jesus Christ, and everything else that makes up Christianity, feel like they have to attack one another. I don’t know about you, but I’m not mad at anybody. The false prophets will be found out soon enough. They don’t need me to point out their faults.
Besides, as I write this, Christian churches are being torched in Egypt. This might be a good time for all of us to get together and support all believers who are being persecuted for their faith.