2020 will be a great year- the question is for who or for what? This is a pressing problem both in the Church and the world of politics. We live in pressing and uncertain times. Our major institutions are under attack, under assault, and what maybe even worse, we have lost both our way and our faith. What are we going to do?
If history is any guide, many will turn to politicians to save us. I ask you, Brothers and Sisters, name one politician who actually changed things for the better? Name one politician who actually did what he promised? Name one politician who truly made a difference in the world like Jesus Christ did? Politics is not the answer, it is the problem. Putting a human mask on our problems will not cure them.
Yet politicians need people for their power just as Satan needs people for his power. Mark these words, we are under assault, 2020 will be a pivotal year. Are you ready? You better be. Let us consider these words by Bishop Fulton Sheen on this very subject:
“The Antichrist will not be so-called; otherwise he would have no followers. He will not wear red tights, nor vomit sulfur, nor carry a trident nor wave an arrowed tail as Mephistopheles in Faust. This masquerade has helped the Devil convince men that he does not exist. When no man recognizes, the more power he exercises. God has defined Himself as ‘I am Who am,’ and the Devil as ‘I am who am not.’
Nowhere in Sacred Scripture do we find warrant for the popular myth of the Devil as a buffoon who is dressed like the first ‘red.’ Rather is he described as an angel fallen from heaven, as ‘the Prince of this world,’ whose business it is to tell us that there is no other world. His logic is simple: if there is no heaven there is no hell; if there is no hell, then there is no sin; if there is no sin, then there is no judge, and if there is no judgment then evil is good and good is evil. But above all these descriptions, Our Lord tells us that he will be so much like Himself that he would deceive even the elect–and certainly, no devil ever seen in picture books could deceive even the elect. How will he come in this new age to win followers to his religion?
The pre-Communist Russian belief is that he will come disguised as the Great Humanitarian; he will talk peace, prosperity and plenty not as means to lead us to God, but as ends in themselves. . . The third temptation in which Satan asked Christ to adore him and all the kingdoms of the world would be His, will become the temptation to have a new religion without a Cross, a liturgy without a world to come, a religion to destroy a religion or a politics which is a religion–one that renders unto Caesar even the things that are God’s.
In the midst of all his seeming love for humanity and his glib talk of freedom and equality, he will have one great secret which he will tell to no one: he will not believe in God. Because his religion will be brotherhood without the fatherhood of God, he will deceive even the elect. He will set up a counter church which will be the ape of the Church, because he, the Devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the Antichrist that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ.”
Satan is real. Evil is real and politics is real. The problem is all of these three statements are true yet not enough people are speaking out about these facts. Take this information and transform your life. Use Bishop Sheens words to form your very own testimony of Jesus Christ and this world will become a better place for both me and you.