The Ravages of Foregrounding Culpability

Part 2

How have we done this?

First, instead of joyfully proclaiming the Gospel, its absolute necessity for and real deliverance of salvation, we have stopped in our tracks to meditate on “Whether those who have not yet heard this message can be saved?”

This thought – albeit worth spending some time on – in fact obsesses us, distracting our attention, occupying our resources, and really taking us away from the urgent demand to evangelize. Christ gave us gifts not so that we could meditate on what is the fate of those who don’t receive these gifts in plenitude. Rather, he gave them so that we would share the gifts so that poor starving souls, weary with life, can be made rich in his grace.