Christian mercy in proper relation to inclusion and exclusion


The ideologue has no appetite for systematically laboring to discover, understand and submit to the transcendent grandeur, complexity and subtly of the moral order.  Rather, instead of seeking to bring his mind and will into humble agreement with the complexities of moral reality,  he seeks to arrogantly foist the phantasms of his mind onto reality, typically in the form a simple abstract principle blown up,  absolutized and forcefully imposed beyond all sanity.  Hence, the spectacle of the ideologue and his penchant for seeking to transform and level all of reality or decide all great questions of public policy according to childish slogans – “liberty, equality and fraternity”, “welcome the stranger”, “equal pay for equal work”, and “inclusiveness”.  With the preceding in mind, the opinion piece “Is accompanying’ sinners always merciful? Jesus and the early Christians saw it differently” is well worth reading, if only because it reminds us that penetrating moral reality requires strenuous effort and careful study but that the rewards – in this case a deeper and better understanding of the virtue of mercy and how it relates to inclusion and exclusion in human affairs – are of inestimable value and help to thwart the would be ideologue who would destroy authentic mercy in the name of counterfeit mercy.  Without further delay, here’s the article: