Pope Francis has been regularly making the headlines on a number of issues. From politics and poverty to spirituality and sexuality, the pontiff has had his views broadcast with little restraint. This article examines a few of his recent announcements.
The pope has said that there is a gay lobby in the Vatican. It was meant to be a confidential discussion that was leaked out. What does this portend for the pontiff?
The Catholic church has not endorsed homosexuality. Does this make the gay lobby non-Catholic? Will the pope refuse the wishes of the “oppressed” community? Will the pope consider the will of God above his own or that of the people?
The pope has made the issue of poverty and the abuse of the wealthy – nations and people a big issue in his speeches.
How high does the issue of poverty and social injustice rank for Christ? It definitely needs more attention than has been given in our capitalistic society. However, what remedies does Christ recommend besides charity? And does it rank above all else?
Neither personal poverty nor wealth are the main issues when it comes to dealing with the fundamental problem of sin.
The pontiff has a soft spot for children. It is indeed humane to see a dignitary not put on airs and make time for the little ones. Jesus did so himself. While Jesus had much to give the children, what does the pope have, besides his charming smile and frank talks? Will his time with the children benefit them for eternity?
The reluctant pope did not want to be pope. Or so he said in a frank and unscripted response to a child’s question. For someone reticent, he has made use of his platform quite effectively. Can someone who does not desire the office of the church be made to serve in that office? The Bible says something against that in regards to the office of the elders.
Enjoying The Hour
In this picture the pope seems to genuinely enjoy himself. In his term as pope, he has made sure that he did not conform to the stuffy rules of the papacy, but changed many things – from his company and his location to his communications as he saw fit. Some of this does seem good.
The question to ask is this: Is the pope enjoying the execution of the will of God or his own will (even if it annoys the stuffy people)?
The big bombshell that the pope dropped was his words about “doing” good and getting to heaven. Apparently even atheists can be saved.
While the church quickly backpedaled and qualified his remarks, the fundamental question that any Christian should not waver on, is the basis of anyone’s salvation.
If it is not by faith in the work of Jesus Christ, but based on the work that one does, the line can indeed cross from believer to unbeliever as what is sufficient is in a human rather than a divine, biblical plane.
One cannot help but ask – is the pope a Christian? While he can be called a lot of things, many of which are good, Christian is a hard title to grant. It comes from a fundamental commitment to Christ and his Word.
When that is given up, watered down, adulterated with human sympathy and made pleasing to the works of man, not only would the state of the pope be questioned, but his actions will be weighed and found wanting.
Can a pope repent and believe? Yes. And I hope he does.