Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
December 14, 2014
From your Pastor,
I want to share this with you as food for thought. I received a video from a friend of mine and it is interesting in what it asks us to look at. The video stars a Harvard professor, Clay Christensen, who teaches economics. He asks one of his students from China, a Marxist, what he has learned that he did not suspect. The student told him: “Religion is critical to the functioning of democracy”. Democracy works because government is not designed to oversee people. Democracy works because people voluntarily choose to follow it. In the past, people went to their church or synagogue trusting their respective leaders to teach them what was right and wrong. They embraced democracy to the fullest because of those teachings.
Are we, as a country, or even as a world, losing the belief of the importance of religion and how it affects us in our daily life? Lately, because of the news media, we have seen both the good and the bad of religion. We have seen religion used as an excuse to kill and murder in the name of God. We have seen religion used as a weapon against another religion—you must believe as I do or you have no reason to exist. We have been witnesses to riots, in our own country, that have caused extreme damage and looting and also seen peaceful riots meant to point out injustices that still exist.
You and I have grown up in a country that celebrates the concept of separation of Church and State with no national religion. That is both good and bad. It is wonderful that we can worship any way we want privately, but for many years now the government has been telling us that in the public forum God cannot be mentioned. We cannot begin our day in the public school system with a prayer or a period of silence. We cannot in our school system even celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. We have to say “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas”. What is interesting is that our Congress still has a chaplain and they pray before each session.
Religion IS critical to the functioning of democracy – please remember that. Come, Lord Jesus, Come!