Are You a Threat to the BGA (“Betray God Agenda”)?

Are You a Threat to the BGA (“Betray God Agenda”)?

Are You a Threat to the BGA (“Betray God Agenda”)?

If I am not a threat to the BGA (“Betray God Agenda”), then I am an FCP (“Fake Christian Personified”). St. Stephen, pray for us.

This First Reading today is quite a passage for meditation the day after Christmas, yet perhaps not so strange after all, when we consider the saint whose feast we celebrate today: St. Stephen, the first martyr:

When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
But he, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven
and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and he said,
“Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man
standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears,
and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him. (Acts 7:54-58)

Then, today’s Gospel:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts
and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
as a witness before them and the pagans …

Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.”

While there are plenty of self-professed “fake” Christians in the world who remain silent in the face of evil or, worse yet, compromise and collude with evil, we are called to be courageous in speaking out against powers who seek to “normalize evil.” If you are a threat to this “normalization of evil,” you will be attacked (as attested to my file at the diocese, that probably needs its own warehouse, by now).

Please watch my sermon, today, that speaks to this …