In his first homily, Pope John Paul the Great uttered words that he would echo throughout his papacy: "Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power. Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve Christ and with Christ's power to serve the human person and the whole of mankind. Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid."
"Do not be afraid."
I have read countless Facebook posts, Tweets, and articles about what horrors await Christians if Hillary wins.
Well, for a moment imagine it is Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 and the headlines say
"Hillary Makes History."
What are you going to do?
Will you cry? Will you draw the curtains and call off from work? Will you stay away from all media to avoid watching your enemies gloat?
Will you pray? Will you go to church more often? Will you reflect on what you can do to fix the world around you? Will you find the courage to spread the Gospel? Will you organize others to do the same?
If the answer is a little of the former but more of the latter, then why wait?
Why spend your time between now and November fretting about how the media is corrupt, or how Supreme Court justices might be chosen, or how Catholic politicians cause scandal by openly dissenting from the magisterium. Why waste your time? What difference will it make?
The government has never been the answer to the world's problems nor will it be.
Our Lord did not tell Pilate or Herod, "The Kingdom of God starts with better bureaucracy."
He sent the apostles out two by two and said, "Go and make disciples of all nations."
A discipleship group that I am not a member of id9:16 base their name off of Intentional Disciples and Corinthians 9:16:
“If I preach the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for necessity has been laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel.”
They lay out their own set of 4 pillars of discipleship
Initiate Conversion, Foster Communion, Embrace Orthodoxy, and Arouse Mission.
There are more and more websites and avenues to foster discipleship, but in this disaster of a political season, start living like the government will always be against us
Do not be afraid, and go make disciples.