“If a Christian “becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith.”
Pope Francis. Full text here
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”
Captain’s Log suplemental: Put me in mind of the lyrics from a hard hitting Bruce Cockburn track, “Gospel of Bondage:
” …. you read the bible in your special ways
you’re fond of quoting certain things it says
mouth full of righteousness and wrath from above
but when do we hear about forgiveness and love.
Sometimes you can hear the Spirit whispering to you
but if God stays silent what else can you do
except listen to the silence?
if you ever did you’d surely see
that God won’t be reduced to an ideology
such as the gospel of bondage”