Sunday, April 30, 2006

No Man Can Serve Two Masters...

...He will love the one, and hate the other, said Jesus Christ.

While Christ might have been talking about the opposing agendas of God and Mammon (worldly influence/prestige/money), the same can be said of serving Christ's flock, the Church, and serving the Communist Party of China, which wants nothing more of its populace than to be state-serving sheep.

BEIJING, April 29 -- China's state-sanctioned Roman Catholic Church will install a new bishop opposed by the Vatican on Sunday, potentially damaging efforts to restore official ties between the state and the church, a Vatican-linked news agency reported.

Hong Kong's Catholic diocese, which is under Vatican jurisdiction, protested the planned ordination Saturday.

I pray that Pope Benedict will stick to his guns on this matter, but also re-learn a lesson from the Lord as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew:

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Pope Benedict, watch your back. If and when you recognize Beijing's authoritarian regime and its power to restrict the worship God, you could well be feeding Christ's sheep to the wolves. "Feed my sheep, Peter," our Lord commanded the apostle your Church considers the first Pope. I pray that whatever decisions you make regarding Beijing that in the end, it's the sheep being fed, not the wolves.