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"You're afraid of me because you can't control me. That doesn't mean I'm your enemy..."

This is what Superman said to the American military when they took him "captive" in the movie "Man of Steel". Among numerous others, this is a powerful testimony to the nature of Christ (I found about 15 illustrations of this kind the first time I watched it).

This is precisely why many people reject Christ and want Him excluded from the public realm. They cannot control Him, so they are afraid of Him. This is similar to the description of Aslan in Lewis' Narnia books:

"A lion, is he safe?" "No, he's not safe, but he's good."

Just because we cannot control Christ and make Him do what we want, does not mean He is our enemy. He is just in charge and wants us to accept the fact that we are not. This simple, and humbling, point is essential for a peaceful life.

As I have said many times, Catholicism is not for sissies. It takes a lot of gusto to endure serving a God Who does not reshape Himself in our image. Being aware of this resistance (in rebellious Catholics, protestants and all non-Christian types), is helpful to understand what is going on in people's minds. Most today are seeking a god that they can fashion to their own liking. This is why most Americans tolerate the phrase "in God we trust" on our money -- they all fashion "God" to be whatever they are comfortable with. When they encounter a true representation of Christ, it is offensive. They resist it and often turn rabid in their resistance.

No one can control Christ (even those modernist Catholics who want to believe in a new squishy, touchy-feely, nice, feminine, soft-skinned kind of Jesus who accepts everyone in their sin and would never be so offensive as to tell them to stop sinning). Christ Jesus is seated at God's right hand, not us. He is ruling over all things, not us. He will come at the end of time to judge the world and usher in the eternal state, not us. Let us always remember this, and rejoice in it.


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