On May 29th news came out that Malta has voted “Yes” in a non-binding referendum on legalizing divorce. This is a sad day since this wasn’t really a referendum on divorce since you could apply for a legal separation through the Maltese courts, get divorced in another country or seek a Church annulment. Rather it was an attack on the Sacrament of Marriage and a referendum on making divorce easier to obtain.
Many couples who have been contemplating divorce but chose to work it out (either for the kids or because it was difficult to get a divorce) were happier in their marriage a year or so later. This brings up a good point: many couples (just like individuals) go through good and bad times but it seems that many people today do not want (or are not prepared) to work through the bad times.
Going back to the article, there was one quote that really struck me. The person said “It brings Malta into a new era where the state and the Church are separate.” I could not disagree with this person more. This is not a separation of Church and state, rather, it is a separation of our public faith and witness to Christ and our interior faith.
The problem today is that we Christians are told that our faith is a “personal thing”, “you shouldn’t impose your faith on others” or “don’t bring your faith into the workplace” etc. The reality is that there is no separation from our interior faith and the faith we live out each day. Christianity is not an inward faith – it is an outward faith that is meant to be proclaimed and spread throughout the whole world. Christ said “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” (Matthew 28:19-20) and “And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
Everywhere we are and everything we do we are to give witness to Christ and live a life of virtue – there should be no separation from the person we are on Sunday and the person we are on Monday – Saturday. A good indication on truly how your spiritual life is how it manifests itself in your daily actions and the choices we make. An interesting side note: the word “Professional” came from to “profess” whereby through your work you were professing your faith by carrying out your faith.
We are lucky to live in the West but many of us have been made to believe (or at least be ashamed) that we should not live out our faith or that it is acceptable to have a disconnect between our actions and our faith.
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold, nor hot. I wish thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16) Is what happened in Malta a sign that many have become lukewarm in their faith? Have we become lukewarm in our faith?