Letters to Jesus (Perspectives and Perceptions) -2
Julian of Norwich has said, “...without fault or blame Christ places upon us some particular thing that carries with it the blame and derision of the world.”
In our society and culture today that “particular thing” can often, ironically, be doing the right thing. It seems to have come to pass that those who do not lie, cheat, or pursue their own selfish ends are the ones most in line for blame and derision. Those who are dishonest and self-absorbed but famous and successful are somehow admired.
We have a bishop in our diocese right now who is under a lot of fire. He came from Boston where he closed/merged a large number of churches. It is my understanding that he was not particularly liked there. Then he came here and has done the same thing to something like 50 churches. Now I’m in a fairly small minority here who believes that the “downsizing” he did was economically and logistically necessary for the survival of the Church in this city. I think he did the right thing. His blunt manner, apparent lack of people-skills, and dictatorial demeanor veil the correctness of his actions. Thus, gobs of invective are aired almost daily by the media, and counter-measures have been taken up with Rome by a number of groups. Clearly, to me, this man has been dealt a “particular thing” that is carrying with it the blame and derision of the world even though he’s doing the right thing.
It might be wise to reflect on putting ourselves in his place. What would we do? When put in a position of responsibility that demands doing “the right thing,” and doing it is criticized and derided we experience the pain of the cross.
Too many people, expecially Christians are afraid to do what's right because they are concerned about what other people will say or think. If you do what's right, it's not important what the world thinks. The world, as a whole, will never approve of what we do or what we stand for. I left a $40,000 year job because I was treated badly and they wanted me to do things that were wrong. In the end it all worked out for me, with Gods help.