My Thoughts

Are you as tired as I am? I am tired of being branded racist by racists; weary of being called deplorable by deplorables; exhausted from having to tippy-toe around hypersensitive, self-indulgent, radicalized morons who accuse you of hate speech while they “peacefully” burn your house or business down in protest; drained by all the fearmongering over the dire consequences of coronavirus pushed by public health “experts” shouting, “The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling!” all the while knowing they are lying through their pearly whites; utterly fatigued by all the ingrates, ignoramuses and imbeciles who hate this country yet refuse to leave for a “better” place (because there are none and they know it); beat by the lawless mob shouting “defund the police!” and dog-tired of the smug politicians, sitting behind their gated mansion walls protected by private security—paid by our tax dollars—doing nothing to quell the anarchy and chaos.

I am so tired, plumb tuckered out; I am sick to death of being so cotton-picking tired.

I am tired of being ordered to wear a mask—there was a time not so long ago when only criminals wore masks or the Lone Ranger; I am neither—and to anti-social distancing. I am sick and tired, not of any virus or physical ailment, but of those who want only to destroy not to build up; worn out by all the political correctness, gender-bending, identity politics of the cancel culture woke (I have yet to understand what that means, I suppose, because I am not yet awake?) mob of unhappy basement-dwelling dilettantes who demand everyone bow to their socialist/Marxist gods. In order to build a better country, so they cry, they must first destroy it. Sounds like a plan we should all be eager to adopt. Not!    

I am tired of being told I cannot worship my God as I have every right to do. I am bone-tired of the dictates and the edicts by those who profess no faith—other than in themselves—that deny the unalienable rights bestowed upon all by Almighty God and the rights established by the Constitution.

And yet, as bone-weary as I am, as sick as I am of the current direction the radical left are hellbent on taking us, what makes me so angry, what gets my tighty-whiteys all tied up in a wad are those who refuse to stand up and take a stand against the evil that now threatens to consume us all. Nothing good has ever come from accommodation, appeasement or compromise with evil and make no mistake any limits or restrictions placed on houses of worship by those in elected civil office are evil, unconstitutional, and illicit no matter how loud they shout EMERGENCY, the sky is falling!

The Greek word for church is “ecclesia,” which means “assembly.” My spirit is tired of being told to watch a video or livestreamed service; that does nothing to satisfy the spirit. St. John Chrysostom said of the ecclesia:

You cannot pray at home as at church, where there is a great multitude, where exclamations are cried out to God as from one great heart, and where there is something more: the union of minds, the accord of souls, the bond of charity, the prayers of the priests (Catechism of the Catholic Church, §2179).

Church leaders who do not stand up against the unlawful abrogation of their flocks to freely assemble and to exercise their religion are complicit. The Constitution does not say, “except in an emergency when those in power deem it necessary to limit such exercise of religion.” The reason so many churches go along to get along is not for the health of it; it is out of financial self-interest (fear of being sued,) and you can take that to the bank.

Some may argue it is to protect the sick and the vulnerable. Do not buy into that canard. That is the rationale for today, but tomorrow more draconian measures will be taken because that is how it always works. The mob is never satisfied; the mob never allows a good crisis to go to waste. Consider California. As reported by Lifenews.com:

First, [Governor Gavin} Newsom tried to limit all churches, regardless of their size, to just 10 people total in the building. Then he banned singing and chanting. And on Tuesday [July 14, 2020] Gov. Newsom issued a new edict via the State’s Public Health Officer dictating that about 80 percent of California’s faithful may not gather for any worship, no matter how small the gathering.

As of July 13, ALL indoor services are banned in 30 counties, even IN-HOME Bible studies and fellowship. More counties may be added by King Newsom.

Yet the very order that bans indoor church and in-home Bible studies specifically ALLOWS PROTESTS.

Under California’s latest directive, you can engage in revolutionary riots tearing business and neighborhoods apart, but you cannot have a Bible study with your neighbor or friend in your home.

Gov. Newsom used the tired old COVID excuse as his justification for stealing the constitutional rights of California’s Christians. But according to empirical data from the CDC, COVID has a death rate of around 0.26%–about the same rate as a tough flu year.

Not only has Gov. Newsom supported the mass protests, for months it has been well-known that he has welcomed COVID-positive people to cross the border with Mexico and flood the California hospitals.

Once tyrannical governors taste power, they want more.

Church leaders are morally bound to oppose forcefully and obstinately, any, and all attempts to impose restrictions and limitations on the constitutionally protected free exercise of religion. To do less is immoral and a clear abdication of their duty to their flocks. Wake up America!

Just my thoughts for a Friday, for what it is worth.

Deacon Chuck

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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