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(Deuteronomy 30: 10-14     Colossians 1: 15-20     Luke 10: 25-37)

Our inability to effectively spread the Good News of Salvation to all people at all times stems from the problem of egocentrism since with egocentrism we judge everything by our perceived and convinced standards which we hold as absolutes. With this attitude brought into Christianity, we only pick and choose the most comfortable aspects of Christianity that have euphoric and sentimental outlooks but that fail to attend to the very core of what Christianity is all about. Seeing Christianity as a way to comfort oneself prevents any effort to spread the Good News by way of giving a positive witness to Christ for the fear of sharing in the suffering of Christ which is a way of giving witness to Christ. C. S. Lewis would put this better by saying “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity”.

Christianity is certainly not for the comfort of oneself, as many assume it is the case; rather, it is a religion to strip oneself of egocentrism so that all elements of arrogant boasting will give way to the grace of God needed to live out the life of Christ through a genuine love for one another. Indeed, self-centeredness has eaten up and eroded the social fabric to an extent that it seems everything has fallen and is falling apart. The Christian message is messed up with selfishness to a point that the essence of the message is deleted and drowned by our ultraconservative egocentrism. The essence of Christ needs to be revisited and be brought back to the social matrix in order to restore our present and future fortunes. W. B. Yeats would describe this situation of ours today in his The Second Coming: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre the falcon cannot hear the falconer; things fall apart; the center cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”. If Christ is removed from our lives, we would have nothing to hold on to for true references; chaos and anarchy would be our lot, for all things would be done without grace but disgrace due to our inordinate selfishness.

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