The Lukewarm Issue

Archbishop John Nienstedt wades into it in the Twin Cities.

I believe that it’s important that if you’re going to be Catholic, that you have to be 100% Catholic. That you stand by the church, you believe what the church believes and you pass that on to your sons and daughters and your grandsons and granddaughters.

Feeling the heat on his dip into politics and parish closings, the archbishop sure isn’t going to be mistaken for lukewarm. But I’m not sure he sees the potential problem with insisting on high ideals. Not to mention his weak grasp of Scripture. Revelation 3:14-22 relates the whole message to the Church of Laodicea. Verse 17, after the lukewarm comment:

For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

The smaller, purer church meme sure sounds a lot like this. No need of anything less than 100% pure. No attention either to Jesus’ open invitation four verses later:

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.

Anyone can hear the voice of God. Anyone can open the door. Looks like some Scripture study is needed north of the Iowa border.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to The Lukewarm Issue

  1. John Drake says:

    Aren’t you being a bit condescending, to say nothing of being rude, in questioning an Archbishop’s understanding of sacred Scripture? “Weak grasp”? Come on.

    High ideals? The church was founded on them. How about those 10 commandments? Weren’t they pretty idealistic?

    Yes, Jesus can knock at our door and dine with us. But don’t be surprised if he offers some thoughts on our sinfulness.

  2. Todd says:

    No, I think the archbishop, as he comes across in these public statements, strikes me as pretty weak: prooftexting the Bible to make political points. He’s a bit premature with sorting wheat, chaff, sheep, goats–that sort of thing. I stand by my assessment, unless I see something a bit more deep coming from the man.

    Perhaps in the sycophantic world of the episcopacy, one can pick and choose one’s comrades, but in the real world of Christianity, we’re stuck with each other. Which is how it should be.

  3. Bill Kurtz says:

    I don’t think Todd is either condescending or rude. His summary is succinct: “proof-texting the Bible to make political points,” which is what James Dobson does for a living. But this archbishop is far from the only Dobson wannabe in the heirarchy.

  4. Jimmy Mac says:

    Proof text
    Out of context
    Is pretext

    Even if it is done by a Catholic cleric.

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