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Monday, May 11, 2015

A Grim View on the Family in Great Britain

In an article on the recent Tory victory in the U.K. and its impact on Catholics, Peter Smith included this grim paragraph:
Same-sex marriage is over as a debate: it is not going to be abolished. However, fed by a number of incidents were surrogate mothers have lost control over their children, there will likely be greater public interest in same-sex couples who, frankly, have their offspring bred to order. The swirling mess that is the divide between genders in the British public imagination will only worsen: mothers and fathers are, it seems, wholly indistinguishable in public policy. Other than by putting more money into people’s pockets via economy recovery and one limited tax break, I cannot see the dire collapse of the family unit being arrested.
One is tempted to be downhearted over this, but,
on the other hand, it may simply be the fulfillment of prophecies.  think of the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13. The master sows good seed, but the enemy (Satan), comes in the dark and sows tares among the wheat. The master doesn't tell his servants to pull up the weeds, rather he says let them grow together. At harvest time the wheat will be gathered into the barn and the tares will be bundled and burnt. Does that burning remind you of a hot place? Matthew 13 is filled with such parable prophecies. The parable of the net finds the fisherman hauling in fish and trash. They are separated and the trash is thrown away. "That is how it will be at the end of the world," Jesus says.  "Angels will go out and separate the wicked from the just and hurl the wicked into the fiery furnace, where they will wail and grind their teeth."

So despite bad news that can tempt us to crawl under the bed and suck our thumbs. The reality is that Jesus warned us of all the evil in the world and assured us things would be made right in the end. Rather than "despair and die" our challenge is to convert those in danger of death and urge them to live! Never, never, never give up on anyone. Where there's life there's hope and God Himself desires all of us to repent and live. Share the good news and "be ever ready" to explain the "reason for this hope of yours." (1 Peter 3:13) We carry the seeds of salvation within us. Let us be generous in planting and watering them in the moral desert in which we live.

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