Christ’s Mandate Couldn’t Be Clearer — Even In A Pandemic

Donald DeMarco

A politician charms his voters by promising them better opportunities for success. Christ, on the other hand, is not at all concerned about success. He demands that all people love each other. Love is not necessarily a path to success. Christ, himself, crucified at 33 among thieves, was not, in the eyes of the world, a success.

The politician promises to make things better on the outside. Christ is concerned about who we are on the inside. Success, as the world understands it, is defined in material terms. Fame, fortune, social status, a fine car, a fashionable wardrobe and a fine house are success’ emblems. But this portrait of the successful person is not the portrait of saints.

Christ’s mandate could not be more clear:

“What does it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own his soul?” (Mark 8:36).

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