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Mark 9:38-39
Thursday, June 28 2012

Ecumenism...

Do we treat other Christian denominations fairly?

John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us."
Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. -Mark 9:38-39, NAB

When the disciples told Jesus that a man was driving out demons in His name, He did not get jealous; instead, He told them to let him be.  The man may not have been following Jesus the way the other disciples did, but He was doing good works in Christ's name - and that was enough for Him.
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There are many differences between Catholics and Protestants, and on both sides, there are those who spend all of their time attacking one another.  Some Catholics are mad because the Protestants split off from the Church.  Some Protestants believe the Catholic Church has become corrupt.  But can we put aside our differences and celebrate what we have in common?

This site is dedicated to those going through RCIA and offers them a tool to learn more about the basics of the Catholic faith, yet my goal has never been to slander anyone for their beliefs, especially other Christians.  My goal, as a Protestant who learned about the beauty of the Catholic faith, is simply to show them the truth, without all of the biases of modern media.

Many Catholics study apologetics continually.  They, then, take that knowledge and use it to convert Protestants to Catholicism.  Apologetics is not evangelism, though.  Chances are that we will never convert a soul in this way.  Alternatively, when we show them love and the beauty of the Catholic faith (without slandering their own beliefs), we may make a difference.

Whether we convert a single Protestant to Catholicism or not, we should reach out to them in love, ecumenically.  They are our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We may differ in what we believe and how we practice our faith, but our shared love of Christ gives us more in common than we might like to admit.  Remember, as a former Protestant myself, I can tell you that I did not convert because of someone's excellent teaching of the Catholic faith, but by the love a number of Catholics had shown me.

When we fight with our siblings, the battle can go on and on until someone finally decides to let go, forgive, and show the other love.  Let's do the same for our fellow Christians.  We've been fighting for almost 500 years now; I think it's time we let go, forgive, and show them a bit of love.  It may be the only way that way reunite Christ's beautiful Church.

 

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