THE SERVANT GENERAL
STUMBLING BLOCKS – 7
July 2, 2018
Holy warriors have one great enemy, and that is the evil one.
Warriors in general have another great enemythemselves.
That is, not being as holy as they need to be, in order to
defeat the great enemy. This is what is happening in much
of our Church today. The effect is disastrous. “The
warrior shall not save his life, …. And the most stouthearted
of warriors shall flee naked on that dayoracle of the
Lord.” (Am 2:14a-16). Naked, stripped of his armor and
equipment, he flees in defeat.
How do warriors fail in holiness?
Social injustice. “Because they hand over the just
for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; they trample
the heads of the destitute into the dust of the earth,
and force the lowly out of the way.” (Am 2:6b-7a).
We must look to the well-being of the poor. We must fight
for social justice in whatever way we can. This is why
for CFC-FFL and for our Church (through LCSC), the work
of NONe is essential.
with misuse of power. “Son and father sleep with
the same girl” (Am 2:7b). We must be pure and chaste.
Servant leaders, who have authority and power, must never
take unfair advantage over those under them. They must
not be oppressive. Leaders are servants
without concern for the needy. “Upon garments taken
in pledge they recline beside any altar.” (Am 2:8a).
Mosaic law commanded that creditors return garments given
as pledges by the poor before nightfall. Too many Catholics
go through the motions of faith, while doing injustice
to the poor. Consider how some consistent Church-goers
or even benefactors might treat their servants unfairly
and even badly.
personal spending of God’s money and resources.
“Wine at treasury expense they drink in their temples.”
(Am 2:8b). Everything belongs to God, including our money
and resources. While God only asks 10% (tithe) for His
work, we are still looked upon as stewards for responsible
spending of His money, and not just on our desires or
Suppression of gifts. “But you made the nazirites
drink wine, and commanded the prophets, ‘Do not
prophesy!’” (Am 2:12). Many Church leaders
impose their theological opinions on the faithful, like
criticizing baptism in the Spirit and speaking in tongues.
This is a great disservice, as such criticism prevents
gifts from being lived out, especially in the call to
lip service to our covenant. “But to the wicked
God says: ‘Why do you recite my commandments and
profess my covenant with your mouth? You hate discipline;
you cast my words behind you!’” (Ps 50:16-17).
Our covenant is a solemn commitment that should be taken
very seriously and consistently lived out. It includes
full support for our work, including finances.
to the culture of the world. “If you see a thief,
you run with him; with adulterers you throw in your lot.”
(Ps 50:18). Many Catholics have succumbed to the zeitgeist,
the spirit of the age. They are indistinguishable from
the secular society around them. To be holy is to be set
Sinful speech. “You give your mouth free rein for
evil; you yoke your tongue to deceit.” (Ps 50:19).
Many Catholics lie, tell half-truths, spread gossip and
disinformation, and lead others, especially subordinates,
astray. This might be due to envy, or a desire for power.
It leads to conflicts, disunity and a lack of peace in
“You sit and speak against your brother, slandering
your mother’s son.” (Ps 50:20). Many leaders
malign and speak against other leaders, who are their
brothers and co-workers. They promote discontent and cause
factions in the body. To speak against, especially to
peers and subordinates who have no authority over the
person being maligned, is a great sin.
calls all His people to engage the enemy. But God looks to
properly equipped soldiers, wearing the armor of God and wielding
weapons of righteousness. God does not tolerate sin, especially
among those He uses to do His work. “When you do these
things should I be silent? Do you think that I am like you?
I accuse you, I lay out the matter before your eyes.”
is more. Holy warriors must be totally committed to God and
to the cause. They follow in the footsteps and lifestyle of
Jesus, the Commander-in-Chief. They give their all.
looking to comfort, convenience or personal well-being.
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
(Mt 8:20). We go where Jesus sends us, not where we personally
want to go. In going, we know there will be hardships and
trials. These we face with trust and hope in God.
as priority, even before family and family obligations.
“Another of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord,
let me go first and bury my father.’ But Jesus answered
him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.’”
(Mt 8:21-22). This is not to say that we neglect family
or other obligations. But over and beyond all these good
things, there is God and His work.
You can see that the call to holiness is of the highest ideals.
It is not just being a good person, though that is a good
start. To engage a powerful enemy in this mega-war, we must
holy warriors do look to God, then they are assured of His
victory, even against great odds and against a great enemy.
“Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorites before them,
who were as tall as cedars, and as strong as oak trees.”
(Am 2:9a). God assures His holy warriors, “I will let
him whose way is steadfast look upon the salvation of God.”
holy warriors! Ho-wa!