The Church, however, has no teachings, even when it says it does because it’s full of its own authority, and it’s that false authority that the world loves to mock. The world incites the Church to claim an authority it does not have, so that the world can mock it, ‘See, you’re no better than us!’
The Church has no teachings and no authority of its own: it has only what Christ has given it, what Christ has handed over to it, as a steward receives from his Lord what is not his, but what is entrusted to him. What has been entrusted to the Church is teachings and authority, from Christ the Only Teacher of mankind, the Only Authority, of whom God the Father says, ‘You are My Son’.
There is a difference between the perceived truth and the actual truth which even members and leaders of the Church sometimes fail to discern. Discernment is here the key word. So often what the Church has is not discernment, but judgment. When the Church exercises the former, the world fears and respects her, when the latter, she is made a laughingstock.
In 1983 the Sunday in January that falls closest to the day on which the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court, January 22, 1973—was declared national ‘Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.’ Over the past 39 years, more than 51 million lives have been taken through abortion.
For some, this data is hard to take in, and they ask, ‘How long will God forbear with our generation?’ Declarations are human things, the works of those who take on their shoulders the mantle of the King of kings of kings, relying on His promises to be with them, but as rulers not as servants. The world knows when we are playing the game that it plays, even when we are dressed up in that robe.
Only Christ can wear that robe, and when He reigns from the tree, He has already taken it off, and reigns naked, not only mocked but also rejected by the world which does not know what it is doing, does not know what He has accomplished from that throne of suffering, on which as King of Glory, He reigns.
Reigns, not rules. Discerns, not judges.
There is a Kingdom that, as Christ says, is not of this world. That Kingdom in time claims no rights, no power, not even the power to save from death. Christ says, ‘Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father who would promptly send more than twelve legions of angels to My defense?’
The scourge and crime of abortion is to be opposed, to be sure, but how? With what weapon that the world cannot turn against us, or that we will not snap in two on a rock?
The world brings its epileptic son to the disciples for healing, and they cannot heal him. Yet Jesus shrives the boy with a word. ‘Faithless and perverse generation! How much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to Me!’
Christ is speaking not only to the wounded and demon-infested world, but to the disciples as well, who come to Him privately and ask, ‘Why were we unable to cast it out?’ He answered, ‘Because you have little faith. I tell you solemnly, if your faith were the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it would move; nothing would be impossible to you.’
And some manuscripts add, ‘As for this kind [of devil], it is cast out only by prayer and fasting.’