The Central Logic Of Christianity
The video, The Central Logic of Christianity, by Bishop Barron talks about how we can participate in the holiness and loving presence of God. Understanding the importance of what it is we value in the Christian faith can influence not only our lives but the lives around us, even those whom we don’t always pray for in our lives. This explanation talks about how everything we have is God’s, the weirdness of Christianity, holiness, loveliness, and of course, the central logic of Christianity.
Whether it is our mind, will, entertainment, sexuality, public life, personal life, all of these possessions that we hold are turned towards the will of God. The temple of God is the most holy of holy and the temple of God, rather the dwelling place of God is the containment for everything we have. We are the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 3: 16-17 says this, Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. Everything we have, including us means so much to God that we basically give God life. Jesus died for us because he loves us, he was willing to sacrifice himself so that we could live. Turn this around now and say we will sacrifice everything so that Jesus, God, will live. The central logic of Christianity is that Jesus loves us and He loves us so much that we are His most prized possessions. Our possessions (mind, will, entertainment etc.) is God’s most prized possessions.
To be holy is to be weird. There is no doubt about it that Jesus was a weird man, he was born in a manger, and rose from the dead but this is what being holy is all about. When God told Moses to part the Red Sea, the Egyptians were very surprised at what God was able to do, Moses seemed very weird but he was doing it because he was holy. However, since we are commanded to love as God loves, it is okay to be weird. We are to be holy like God and if that means we have to go out of our comforts zones and go to mass on Sunday even though we are not Catholic, then it is all okay because it is what God wants us to do so that we can be more like him. Genesis 1:27, So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. This is what God asks of us, to be like him, in his image. Even thinking about the weirdness of God, he still wants us to be like him and that is when we become holy, when we put our lives in God’s hands.
But what does it actually mean to be holy? To be holy is to have divine life, protecting what it is God wants us to protect; our souls. Treat it like a sanctuary, protect our souls from temptation, from the evil around us and give it to God. Like the tabernacle in Church, it protects the holy eucharist from the evil on the outside. The holiness of God also consists in love. So when we participate in prayer, liturgy, the lives of the saints, sacraments, and art and architecture, we are participating in the holiness of God. All of this practice so that we might have a divine life within us. This practice is the reason for us protecting our divine souls, it only gets stronger as we practice more and more in the Christian faith. Speak to the entire assembly of Israel, and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy. This scripture is from Leviticus 19:2 and states that it is so important for us to be holy like God because we will have a divine life. That is what being holy and divine life is all about.
God is both holy and love, but when it comes to just one, we say God is love. What is love? According to Bishop Barron, love is not a feeling or sentiment, it is an act of the will for the good of others. Love is not giving and then getting something in return but rather just giving. Love is not a calculation, it is pure and everywhere around us.When someone hurts you, you must still will the good of the other. We can do this by testing our integrity of love, practice loving your enemies, love and pray for those you don’t normally like. The rain falls on the just and unjust by God’s love so that is we must do, that is how we love. I attend a summer camp every year called Camp Encounter which is also what the school goes to for retreats and a few years ago in 2014, the man that brought camp together in the beginning passed away due to cancer. This man’s name was Father Michael Mireau (or camp name was Father Catfish). He was the most amazing priest I had ever seen as my first year at camp was his last, but one line that he always finished his homilies with was “God is love”. Even on his grave today can you see that phrase, so this phrase is very important to me because when we wonder what love is, love is God.
The central logic of Christianity is that we are commanded to love as God loves. As said in the paragraphs above, God wants us to be like him and love as he loves. Love your enemies, pray for those whom we do not like but like the rain falling on the just and unjust, love everyone like God. This is the heart of the Christian faith, to be more holy, more loving like Jesus. Practice every morning, noon, and night by praying, not by self-interest but humility instead. Most of the time when we pray, we often ask for something and God’s answer is always love but when praying for those in our lives, be the one that loves not the one wanting love. When we love our enemies, don’t just forgive them, but love as God loves. Pure love is God’s love and this is how we need to love. It is not impossible to love as God loves, all we need is practice. Practice in the central logic of Christianity.
The Central Logic of Christianity is what we as human beings need to strive for in our everyday lives. Weather it is loving our enemies like God, or just being weird like God, bring everything we have towards God with love and holiness. These are the things we need to push for in our Christian lives, these are the central logics of Christianity.