A few years ago that was a common question. Young kids wore homemade bracelets that carried that question. It was a fad that came and went but for faithful Christians it remains a daily question to be applied to our daily challenges as we seek a proper response to any given situation. Despite what nonbelievers would have you believe we could do a lot worse as a measuring stick by which to qualify and calibrate our daily actions.
The fact that President Obama was at the Vatican and met with Pope Francis puts a different spin on the question. Having just immersed myself in a three hour viewing of “The Bible” mini-series and thus reminding myself of Christ’s teachings while on earth I could not help but wonder if Pappa Francis asked himself, “What would Jesus do?”, when Obama asked to see him?
The Bible says that Christ had little use for the merchants and the money changers in the temple. In fact, when he visited the temple he wrecked it, flipping tables and knocking over scales. The Bible also says that Christ believed in giving to Caesar what was Caesar’s and giving to God what was God’s. Back then though, Caesar wasn’t taking quite as much as the modern Caesar that Pope Francis was asked to sit with. Obama is taking much more.
So all this brings me back to the original question; did Pope Francis perhaps take a moment to ponder what Jesus would do and say about Obama’s interest in sharing the spot light, and if he did, what were his conclusions? I won’t pretend to know the Pope’s mind on the issue, nor will I even attempt to ponder Christ’s current day reaction, but I do have a thought on the subject.
I’ve never understood the view of modern church leaders when it comes to dealing with some of the more scurrilous political types they are compelled to engage. Why, for instance any Pope would permit Nancy Pelosi or that rube Joe Biden on the grounds of the Vatican is beyond me. Obama takes the question to an entirely new level.
When I look back at Christ’s tendency to wade in to dens of thieves or stroll through rock fields to prevent a stoning I know he did so because there were souls there worth saving, people who regretted their actions and wanted to cleans their soul. Down deep they craved forgiveness. In that sense Christ would go anywhere and see anyone. Just as quickly however, he told his disciples to avoid those who flatly rejected his Word and to “shake the dust from their sandals” on the way out from those who would not be saved. Why then did the Pontiff grant Obama the self-serving visibility he sought knowing full well Obama neither seeks enlightenment nor forgiveness? Obama is an unapologetic persecutor of all things Christian and arguably the source of more human grief than any leader in modern American history.
As a life-long Catholic I can’t help but wonder what precisely one must do to incur the wrath of the Church these days? Nancy Pelosi constantly polishes her public badge of devotion to the Catholic Church while intentionally and flagrantly working to destroy human dignity, promote immoral behavior and undermine the teachings of the Church on every front. There was a time when substantially less satanic activity would get one excommunicated. Now days, albeit begrudgingly, these tools of satin are welcomed in grand audiences and permitted to feed off of the virtue and popularity of the modern representative of Christ here on earth.
Think of the message it would send, the impact it would have if the Pope ceremonially flipped a couple of tables by banishing a couple of these well-defined evil doers in plain sight of the faithful.
I saw a movie a while back that reminded me of an old saying…”One’s silence implies one’s consent.” When then will we see a leader of the faithful publicly declare that those who promote abortion, destruction of the family unit, the devaluation of human life and the loss of personal dignity are not to be celebrated? When will they shake the dust off their sandals and demonstrate how to address evil for what it is?