Wednesday, September 5, 2018
A Christian yankee in Pope Catolica's Court
How likely is it that a Catholic-born, born-again Christian good ole boy from Carolina would ever wander into such a grotto of overgrown Catholicism as this?
It did happen, today, in Barcelona. September 5, 2018.
Who’d’ve thunk it?
The Audioguide at Sagrada Familia Basilica requested that the listening visitor enter with respect.
Respect for what?
The incredibly modern-artistic classic-fantastic ecclesiastic structure devoted to Christ and the Holy Family—Joseph and Mary—from which Jesus Yeshua HaMeschiah immaculate-conceptionally came?
Yes. As a Christian I entered respectfully, along with, presumably, all the other thousands of gawking, phone-clicking touristas and believers who darkened the door of Sagrada Familia Basilica today in Barcelona.
Respect for the Christ child who had been born to Mary back in the day of the Incarnation of the Word-made-Flesh person of Jesus Christ?
Yes, I entered respectfully.
Respect for the traditions of the the Catholic Church?
Not so much, having rejected that tradition in my born-again youth. Nevertheless, who am I, as a born-again child of God, to judge the spiritual legitimacy of this high-church, pope-revering institutional “etched in stone” architectural representation— possibly even faith-enhancing experience— of deep religious faith that I encounter and enter into here?
Gosh, guys, thanks for letting us in here. What a cool building!
Meanwhile, back at the Cross. . .
Yep. I know that part. He died for my sins. Let’s not forget.
And of course, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.
Yep, we can agree on that part. You gotta believe it.
That’s the real clincher anyway, don’t ya think? The real tie-breaker.
I mean, who else in the history of the human race has made that claim and gotten away with it?
Like I said, you gotta believe.
And I, like, think I’m finding some common ground here.
Belief in the Resurrected Son of God.
Pretty amazing idea, really, if you think about it. You’d have to be crazy or Catholic or Christian to believe it.
And here you have it—“etched in stone” as the Audioguide lady voice says it . . .the story of how it happened that the Son of God Son of Man was crucified and then raised from the dead.
King of Soul