Free Tommy Robinson !!
[ Ordinary of the
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"Every tree that does not bear good fruit
is cut down and thrown into the fire."
One of the greatest
fallacies of the modern era is the denial of truth itself—the notion that
truth can be different for different cultures, or different in various times
and places. This notion has harmed modern society, for it is impossible to
agree on a unified course of action if the members of that society have
beliefs that go off in widely divergent ways. The modern temptation is to
respect all points of view—no matter how alien they may be—at the expense of
finding and pursuing genuine truth. Indeed, today, more often we are seeing
the craziest points of view demanding the suppression of the more logical.
Our Lord made no such
mistake. He told us that not all systems of belief were equally good.
There are, and there always will be false prophets and teachers whose
intention (knowingly or unknowingly) is to subvert God's people—"to devour
them," as it were, "as ravenous wolves."
He tells us that there is such a thing as falsehood—that we must have our
eyes and ears open to identify it—and that we must do our best to avoid it.
Our Lord goes farther:
He proposes a standard by which we may know the false prophets; how we may
distinguish them from those whose teaching is true and profitable: "By
their fruits you will know them."
He compares them to the trees, indicating that good things will come forth
from those who preach the truth, while only bad things will come from those
who propose falsehood.
But even this saying
may leave a question in our minds: Just what is good and what is bad
fruit. When we apply this metaphor to human society it is not always so
clear. Modern Americans (and perhaps others) tend to judge things in terms
of quantity, without regard to quality. It is easier to look at numbers
than to delve deeply into the philosophy of a thing:
How many laws did this
How many dollars flow through
the coffers of a particular organization; how big are its buildings?
How many are on the membership
roles; how big is it's budget?
How many committees does it
have? How vast a territory?
But, our Lord doesn't
leave us after simply telling us to seek the good and avoid the bad. He
describes the good a bit more precisely: “He who does the will of my Father
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
The fruit then, of any organization, or system of thought, is good if—and
only if—it is in accordance with God's will. Otherwise it is spoiled
fruit; bad fruit.
For example, the
Humanism that pervades so much of today's thinking, is bad insofar as it
ignores or contradicts the will of God and the honor due to Him. It is bad,
even though it provides physical or psychological comfort. Men may feel
good, flattering themselves with notions of superiority; they may even do
good works for their less fortunate brothers; but without God, these things
are of very little enduring value.
Or for another example,
Modernism; the foolish notion that God and God's truth are changing as the
human race matures or "evolves." The Modernism that falsifies God's
commandments, so that its followers can't even try to do the will of God.
Or that Modernism which, in its extreme form, claims that we are all
evolving into God—making His will indistinguishable from our whim. Or that
Modernism that claims that “truth” can be the fruit of “dialogue.”
Saint Paul presents the
same idea as our Lord in today's epistle, but on a very personal basis.
He asks us to look at the fruits of our own lives. Are we “yielding fruit
unto sanctification and life everlasting”? Or are we “yielding fruit of
which we should be ashamed”?
Are we “yielding fruit” which brings suffering, sickness, and eternal death?
We are reminded that
God made us for a purpose—and that purpose is His glorification. “God made
us to show forth His goodness in this world and to be happy with Him in the
He gave us free will, so that we can act freely and demonstrate His
goodness. If we misuse our free will, selfishly acting against His will, we
are acting against our own reason for existing.
So, beware of false
prophets who come to you in sheep's' clothing.” Both in public and in
private life, the rule is the same: “By their fruits you will know them”;
and by our own fruits we will be known. And that fruit, in order to be
judged good, must, without exception, be a fruit in conformity with the will
of Almighty God.
And, “if you are set
free from sin,
and become slaves of
You will have your
fruit unto sanctification,
and as your end: Life