(Part 223)


July 7, 2017

Today’s gospel:  Matthew 9:9-13

Political correctness in our Church has led to false mercy. Political correctness and false mercy are about just accepting, embracing, welcoming, accompanying the sinner, but without speaking about his sin. This will not lead them to renounce sin, but to become comfortable in it.

Now there are those who use Jesus’ words to justify this. Asked by the Pharisees why he was eating with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.” (v.12a). I perfectly agree. Now if you are sick, do you want to get well? If you have a sick loved one, would you want him to get well? Would it be the best move to prescribe medicine as needed? Or would you just sit by his bedside, loving and embracing him?

Those who choose a sinful lifestyle, who are not confronted with their sin, will be those who are sick but choose not to get well. And with false mercy from us, they will remain sick.

In fact, those who are in serious sin but do not repent are those who are not just spiritually sick, but are spiritually dead. Jesus says it is the sick that need a physician, not those who are already dead. Those are they who will not face diagnosis, but judgment.

True mercy is love for the sinner but not condonation of the sin, or acting in ways that in effect condone sin. True mercy is an invitation to repentance. True mercy brings healing, not continued illness, and even death.

“Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (v.13).

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