There is a lie deceiving the world. A lie that appears as an angel of light . It goes by the name of Christianity, but has little resemblance to the actual teachings of the Christ. You hear it preached all over the television, radio, internet, and yes even in churches by small, angry, close-minded people. We must forgive them, and pray for them. The lie twists the meanings of the words in the Bible. Its message is judgmental, accusatory, fearful, blaming, ego-driven, dualistic, angry, and hateful. The lie shapes our world by influencing our leaders. Unjust laws are enacted based upon the lie. Wars are fought in its name. People give their lives for it.
The root of the lie is idolatry. People worship not God, but instead worship their ideology, church, morality, theology, or even the Bible. There are many substitutions for actual religion, but throughout history there have been prophets who have always named them what they are: idols. The lie will even make a god of Jesus. It says all you have to do is worship this god. (Make no mistake Jesus is God, but at no time did He ever ask us to worship Him. Instead He repeatedly told us to follow Him. Do you see the difference?)
Jesus came to expose the lie. He did not condemn a single sinner. He touched them, healed them, forgave them, and loved them. Transforming them in the process. He condemned the hypocrites who were blind to their own sins, but were quick to point out the sins of others. He was equally quick to point out that they were followers of the father of lies. He forgave them as well, even as they were driving nails through His flesh.
The lie will not allow people to see their own faults. Instead they see evil in others and feel justified in blaming and killing. They did it to the prophets. They did it to the Son. His death exposed the lie once and for all, and shows us the way to fight it.
We must stop blaming and scapegoating. No more sacrificial killing. Fight evil with good instead of evil. Treat others the way you would want to be treated. That’s everyone!
We must follow Christ. We must pick up our cross and follow Him every day. We must touch, heal, forgive, love, and thus transform the world around us. Do not condemn, simply do it right. Do it instead of just preaching it. As St. Francis said, “Preach always, and when necessary use words.”
And pray. Pray always. Talk to God. Spend time with Him. Depend on Him for everything and your life will become a prayer.
Do this and you will not be popular. You will be seen as a trouble maker and a rebel. Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, the prophets, and all the saints were rebels of some sort. So be a prayerful rebel. That is what it means to be a prayerpunk.