Monday, August 3, 2009

Our deepest evil


The Times of London reports horrific persecution of Christians in Pakistan here.

The key sentence: ". . . but clerics called for their death." Of course. Moral fervor is our deepest evil. When we intend to serve God, but forget to crucify Self moment by moment, we are capable of acting cruelly while feeling virtuous about it.

Let's always beware that delicious feeling that we are the defenders of the holy. Christ is the only Defender of the holy. He defends us from persecutors. He defends us from becoming persecutors. We can take refuge in him. But that esteem of him also means we regard ourselves with suspicion, especially when judging another.