Wednesday, December 4, 2013
For you have been called for this purpose ...
Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad , for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matt. 5:11-12)
I saw the video several times during the day at several sites, including Hot Air, LifeNews.com, and an earlier posting on LifeNews.com which links to an uncensored video of the event. The video is so grievous that I finally decided that I should blog on it. The video is of a huge group of radical feminists who are part of what is called the National Meeting of Women in the Argentina city of San Juan; they are harassing and humiliating a group of Catholic young men who have surrounded their church to protect it from the women. Many of the women are naked (the video covers them) from the waist up and their actions are obscene.
One Catholic blogger, Rebecca Hamilton, speculated about what other group they might be connected to as there have been some milder nude protests involving European and Eastern Europe groups. She could find no connection, but there is an abstract connection. An incident at the World Social Forum, (a mostly Marxist organization), which involved nakedness, but not obscenity nor hatefulness, led one academic writer to speculate on the importance of nudity in protest, Naked Protest: Memories of Bodies and Resistance at the World .
But surely one can understand that given humanity's sinfulness, the act of nudity in protest, must eventually lead to evil consequences. It leaves the protester open to the powers of darkness; the protester early begins a downward spiral with a lose of dignity and their own humanity. And then there is the combination of mob power. Everyone's movement becomes a frenetic attempt to gain the most attention by their act.
And the protest itself was inherently evil; the demand for the right to kill the unborn. This on top of their very public sexuality. Their hate was turned against the Catholic Church but also against individual Christians as they spit, sexually harassed and spray painted the young men who stood silently praying.
I am placing the video here not so much so that readers can see the awfulness of a group of radical feminist, but so they can instead see the steadfastness, patience, faith and unity of a group of Christians.
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you leaving you an example for you to follow in his steps., who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth; and while being reviled he did not revile in return; while suffering he uttered no threats, but kept entrusting himself to Him who judges righteously; and he himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness ...” (1 Peter 21-24)