‘Stagnant’ and selfish Christians are hopeless, unable to cope, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 17, 2017 | 4 Comments

Christians who forge ahead with hope in God have the strength to endure life’s dark moments, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

However, Christians who refuse to fight for positive changes that benefit everyone are “stagnant” and selfish, he said Jan. 17 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

Christians who are “lazy” or “lukewarm” in the faith “have found in the church a nice parking lot” for themselves where their lives are protected “with all possible guarantees,” he said. It’s like “living in a refrigerator” that preserves things to stay just as they are, he said.

“Lazy Christians,” he said, are “Christians that have no desire to move forward, Christians who do not fight for things that bring change, new things, things that would be good for everyone if these things were to change.”

Such “stationary” Christians, he said, remind him of an old saying back home warning that stagnant water is the first to go bad.

“Lazy Christians” have no hope, he said; they are “in retirement,” which is fine after decades of work, but “to spend your whole life in retirement is awful” with never anything to look forward to on the horizon.

Christians who are “parked” or stuck in one spot “are self-centered. They only look at themselves, they don’t know how to lift their heads to look” at God, Pope Francis said.

A true Christian life, he said, is “a courageous life” built on hope.

This hope is like an anchor that has been thrown overboard, but “we are holding on the rope,” fighting, enduring the storm and looking ahead upon an open horizon.

Life is never easy, he said, so people need the courage to forge ahead. People with courage very often make mistakes, but “everyone makes mistakes,” he said, especially the one who decides to move forward. “The one who stands still seems not to go wrong,” he added.

The pope asked people to reflect on how they live their life of faith: Is it filled with hope, courage, open horizons and the awareness that God will never fail his people or “lukewarm” and unable to cope with terrible moments?

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  • samton909

    Disturbing

    • Dominic Deus

      It’s intended to be 😉

      • Charles C.

        I can’t tell if His Holiness is an Evolutionist or a Relativist.

        An evolutionist sees all change as good, the march of progress towards a distant Utopia where all problems are left behind us.

        A relativist denies the existence of objective, fixed truth. If there were such a fixed truth, change from it would be foolish and harmful.

        There are more than enough events in a Christian’s life to prevent stagnation. Simply living provides opportunities to turn to God on a regular basis.

        And even for a hermit in the desert, there is the challenge of spiritual growth and a closer connection to God. No, I don’t know of many stagnant Christians at all.

        Of course, Pope Francis might simply be saying, “If you don’t support the changes I want, I’ll call you names.” Remember “Self-absorbed, Promethean, Neopelagian?” I think I’d like to have that insult on a coffee mug. I’m not clear on its meaning, but it seems significant, important, and Universe threatening. Cool.