Obedience

Obedience. Often as not it turns into a four letter word: S E L F. Or at least that’s what seems to get in the way of it. In the way of obedience that is. This, obedience, is a sore spot for me. My fallen human nature tends to be rebellious. That’s what sin and the sin nature are all about. Self in rebellion. Folks, me included, want what we want when we want it. Period. Disobedience, along with the attending results, has a very long history. Beginning with Eden and currently in the “me generation”. “Me” is of course what it’s all about. From my own perspective as Roman Catholic I tend to view its more recent history a little differently than some. A few hundred years ago it seems that for a King or Queen to rebel against the Pope became very much in vogue. Not that it hadn’t happened before but historically it was the Pope who made Kings and Empires. Only the heretical or self-willed rebelled. But a few hundred years ago it became all the rage. Now, well, I can’t think of one King or Queen that is in power who respects the Primacy of Peter. But that’s largely (again, this is my personal view of history) because rebellion didn’t stop there. It was more of a starting point. If royalty could rebel against the Papacy the populace could rebel against royalty. And so it did. Republics and Democracies flourished, royalty became, if anything, a bit of fluff standing on the knickknack shelf to be dusted off and paraded only for state ceremony. If the populace could rebel against the royal household why not the individual against the State? And now we see rebellion give way to the “me generation”. Where the individuals rights are paramount, not withstanding the over all good of the many. Where is the Spirit of Christ in all this? Seemingly as dead as royalty. What of His example? He emptied Himself. He took upon Himself the form of a servant, not a master. Being Master of all He did not consider that something to be grasped at. Rather He was obedient. Obedient unto death. And He is what? Our example. Obedience is needed for order and true peace. Obedience to God, obedience to religious superiors, and even, as Paul taught, obedience to the powers that be even when they are unjust as was Rome against the new Church. Obedience is not an option for the Catholic. It is a requirement.

Having gotten all that out of my system I will now tuck my soapbox safely back out-of-the-way. šŸ™‚

 

P.S. I think that this blog may have served it’s purpose. I may retire it after this post. I consider that in the future my time will be better spent in prayer and with my mouth, or rather keyboard, shut. That may change, it may not. Time will tell and God will lead. Til then … God bless. šŸ™‚

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Published in: on June 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm  Comments Off on Obedience