Wednesday’s event is going to contrast with the counter event being held this Friday (August 3). It is being billed as ‘Kiss Day at Chick-fil-a’. Thousands of people plan to enter Chick-fil-a restaurants, nationwide, kiss each other and post a picture or video of it on social media. One has to wonder whether CBS who didn’t cover the Wednesday event, and NBC and ABC who primarily focused on the protesters at the event will do the same today.
This whole thing brings to mind a concept of evil that I treated in my book Cooperating with God: the Bridegroom’s Prayer, which Saint Paul first addressed when he wrote, “So, then, I discover the principle that when I want to do right, evil is at hand” (Romans 7:21). Because of how we were created (for good – for God) it is impossible for any human to intentionally do evil. I know that may sound like a strange concept, but it’s absolutely true. We see the reality of this principle first demonstrated in the Bible with Eve. Yes, she disobeyed God, but to do so she had to find the ‘good’ in her rebellion – she had to justify her actions first. The text reads:
“The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it” (Genesis 3:6).
Similarly, a bank robber will first justify his actions by considering how much money he can get – what he can do with that money – and how fun it would be to get away with the crime. How often have we heard pedophiles talk about how the loved their victims? I know who woman who was raped who told me that the man who raped her asked her when it was over whether she was mad at him.
Evil works off of this simple principle; that we all want to do good, but because we fail to always know the source of good, we sometimes end up doing evil and believing it was good, and we also sometimes end up using what was intended to used for good – for evil. For example, a prostitute is absolutely right that God does desire for us to give ourselves away, but not like that. God does desire for us to love children, but not in the depraved way that pedophiles do. God is peace and he does take all of our sorrows away, but drug and alcohol abuse is not the path. God does desire for man to love man and woman to love woman, but not in the disordered form of love that leads to homosexual acts.
God is love, and love is the most powerful thing we have in this world; therefore, never be surprised that Satan works unceasingly to tempt us into expressing a disordered form of love. For that reason I have always been suspicious of people who tell me that they want to get married because they love each other. Marriage is not for the sake love alone – Marriage is for procreation and for the betterment of the spouses. As the Catholic Church teaches in paragraph 1601 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament.”
That I’m suspicious of people who say they want to get married because they love each other; how much more suspicious am I of people who want to get married because they want to be equal with other people? The Scriptures call that covetousness, and perhaps it’s time for homosexuals to finally admit that their push for so-called marriage equality is all about self-affirmation, validation, and justification.
The second principle of evil follows the first; that because by our very nature we are created for good – for God, whenever we express a disordered good it creates a great tension with our whole self (mind, body, and soul). Therefore, what oftentimes happens in this unpeaceful condition is that when people try to challenge us out of how we have justified our disordered behavior (false peace) we can become angry, loud, violet, and abusive against others and against ourselves. We act out that way because we know that if they did take away our crutch of justification we would be nothing – we would be destroyed. We cannot allow the foundation upon which we have built our lives to be ridiculed, attacked, or taken away. Evil will never stand to be humiliated, because evil is never humble.
There is no anger in truth, because Jesus IS the truth. There is not violence in truth, because Jesus IS the truth. The truth doesn’t need to be loud to be heard, and it doesn’t need to be abusive to be understood. It doesn’t need to wave rainbow flags to be seen, and it doesn’t need a pride day to be recognized.
Be not afraid, apathetic, or angry in these times, because even while these two principles of evil are always at work, they will never overcome the one principle of truth, which is the love of Jesus Christ.
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Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
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