The Invisible Christian

But¬†you,¬†when¬†you¬†pray,¬†go into¬†your¬†closet,¬†and¬†when¬†you¬†have¬†shut¬†your¬†door,¬†pray¬†to¬†your Father¬†who¬†is¬†in¬†the¬†secret¬†place;¬†and¬†your¬†Father¬†who¬†sees¬†in secret¬†will¬†reward¬†you¬†openly (Matt. 6:6). You¬†are¬†the¬†light¬†of¬†the¬†world.¬†A¬†city¬†that¬†is¬†set¬†on¬†a¬†hill cannot¬†be¬†hidden.¬†Nor¬†do¬†they¬†light¬†a¬†lamp¬†and¬†put¬†it¬†under¬†a basket,¬†but¬†on¬†a¬†lampstand,¬†and¬†it¬†gives¬†light¬†to¬†all¬†who¬†are¬†in¬†the house.¬†Let¬†your¬†light¬†so¬†shine¬†before¬†men,¬†that¬†they¬†may¬†see your¬†good¬†works¬†and¬†glorify¬†your¬†Father¬†in¬†heaven (Matt. 5:14-16). Blessed¬†is¬†he who¬†is¬†not¬†offended¬†because¬†of¬†Me. (Matt. 11:6) There is an invisible side of the Christian faith, known only to God and the believer. St. Matthew’s gospel refers to this as the secret place. It is not only intended to be secret, but exists only in secret. If we refuse to protect the¬†secret¬†then we will find its door closed to us as well.‚Ķ

A Path Beyond Secularism

…It is truly ironic, in my opinion, that so many Christians are seeking some accommodation with secularism precisely at the moment when it is revealing itself to be an untenable spiritual position. More and more signs point toward one fact of paramount importance: the famous “modern man” is already looking for a path beyond secularism, is again thirsty and hungry for “something else.” Much too often this thirst and hunger are satisfied‚Ķ

Do Something

My recent post, The God Who Is No God, spoke of Christianity as a set of practices. This is a crucial understanding – a requirement for a living faith. It requires that we ask the question of the rich young ruler, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Oddly, he did not ask, “What must I believe to inherit eternal life?” Nor does Christ give him an ideological answer. He is‚Ķ