Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Christ on Trial

The modern world has put Jesus Christ on trial. He stands before all of us both his followers and those who despise him, and all of us like Pilate scornfully ask him, "What is truth?"

We expect no answer from him, because we have come to believe that there is no such thing as truth. In fact we secretly fear that anyone who claims to know the truth is responsible for every discord in life, whether it be as simple as an argument or as horrific as a war.

So we mock Our Lord with our smug attitude. We allow others to mock him publicly as they spit upon him, playfully bow to him and create a crown of thorns for his head. In the name of tolerance we accept almost any evil and are only intolerant of anyone who claims the name Christian and claims knowledge of right and wrong.

Yet this public mocking of Christ who is the Truth will end no differently than the first mocking and crucifixion of Our Lord, he will triumph.

Jesus is the truth. We have witnessed great miracles like the first disciples as we have watched Christian ministers march in the 50's and 60's for the civil rights of all and have witnessed changes that people who lived at the beginning of the twentieth century could not even have imagined. Yet like the disciples we now witness the passion of Christ.

How can anyone living in the modern world think that truth is a matter of opinion? Do we really believe that racism, the subjugation of people is just a matter of personal opinion?

The words of John's Gospel said by Jesus haunt the modern world, " And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil," (John 3:19).