The Western world generally has lost the concept of man as a creature made in the image and likeness of God, and reduced him… to a component part of the universe… This distortion of the true nature of man was due principally to the philosophy of historical liberalism, which saw man as endowed with no higher destiny than the economic. There is no word more “dangerous” than liberalism, because to oppose it is a new unforgivable sin. — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
I discovered the quote above at a Roman Catholic website called The Vulnerable People Project.
I was drawn to the website because of the following idea stated on page one of the site, “The Great Campaign for a civilization that venerates the dignity, beauty and worth of the human person from the first movement of life to natural death and spiritedly defends life at every level of governance, from that of the smallest village to alliances and agreements among sovereign nations”
The gold nugget in this ideological dig is “venerating the dignity, beauty and worth of the human person.”
God drew me to this early in my adult life. On February 3, 1980 I decided to follow Jesus. I invited Him to rule over me. I became a partisan for Jesus Christ. After marriage and four years of college studying theology and philosophy God gifted me with four years of living with troubled souls at a place called Bethany Acres. I am honored to have been given the opportunity during those years to not only cooperate with God and my wife in the creation of three boys, but to lead Bethany Acres.
God challenged me to think and act bigger than Bethany Acres. He put me at the Christian Civic League of Maine where He told me to venerate the dignity, beauty and worth of the human person in state government. God further refined that calling. He helped me to take a stand for over two decades in that position for Christian morality.
Paul the Apostle wrote:
“I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith — that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”
The source of Christian power is suffering.
From a page at the Vulnerable People Project website:
As the price of calling ourselves Christians, we must make our case for natural law, religious and economic liberty, the sanctity of life, and the truth about sex year in and year out, regardless of the vagaries of particular candidates and party platforms. Pragmatically, we have no other option. All those truths are inevitable implications of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which He ordered us to preach even in the face of persecution, offering us this promise:“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5: 10-12) Millions of Christians have seen the need to keep fighting as clearly as many Catholics have. In fact, evangelical leaders and theologians have come a long way toward accepting the necessity of classically Catholic natural law reasoning, instead of relying on Biblical proof-texts, cultural inertia, and natural repugnance in fighting back against the latest outrages proposed by sexual revolutionaries. This is enormous progress. As the ecumenical effort to fight back against the Obama administration’s HHS mandate showed, Christians can prevail when we act together—when the Protestant owners of Hobby Lobby cooperate with the Little Sisters of the Poor. There are many organizations that serve the cause of protecting religious liberty and unborn life across denominational lines, and we should energetically support them. We should also work with other organizations fighting to preserve the basic liberties of Americans, even if they are not religiously motivated, to protect our own rights to economic initiative, self-defense, private property, and free speech. We must look back to the dignified, free, responsible vision of man upon which our great Republic was founded, a profoundly Christian vision, which is Catholic because it is true. Defending the Bride of Christ from the modernist agenda, this will be our reason to have been here. There is nothing lovelier, nothing more profound, than the correct and true teachings of the Catholic Church positively impacting the individual, a society, a nation and the world.
Make no mistake this fight is both Christian and global. God is pulling back the veil and letting us see in bold colors the profound evil, hatred and ugliness that is Satan. We fight Him. While it is true that the Left has obviously decided to make Him their god, we see every single person in this satanic movement as a person who has intrinsic dignity, beauty and worth.
God help us to win.