Two nights ago as I was doing some spiritual reading to find some reprieve from the Kennedy scandal, I decided to read some Scripture. For some reason, I decided to re-read the book of Samuel. When I came across this passage, it immediately caught my attention:
And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle. At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them. Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ” (1 Samuel 3:11-14)
Eli, of course, was the Lord’s priest who ministered and offered sacrifice at the Temple for the people. As the passage above informs us, Eli had two sons which Scripture also says were “wicked men” and “had no regard for God” (Cf. 1 Sam. 1:12-13).
But before God spoke His judgement to Samuel about Eli, He warned Eli about his abuse of the Sacred Sacrifice. He warned Eli explicitly about giving deference to His sons over the pure and holy Sacrifice that was owed to Him alone:
Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to your father’s house when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh? I chose your father out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your father’s house all the offerings made with fire by the Israelites. Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’ (1 Samuel 2:27-29)
And so, my dear friends, how can we avoid the unmistakable connection of the above accounts to what is now transpiring with the Kennedy Funeral Scandal? First, because our spiritual fathers have made their sons “contemptible” because they failed to teach, failed to discipline, and failed to restrain them. And second, what greater scandal could there be than to adorn and praise someone who during his public life attacked and sought to destroy innocent human beings, our little brothers and sisters, the image of the living God Himself? And for what purpose was this sham public funeral mass conducted, if not to honour our disobedient sons by fattening ourselves on human respect, deference, and preference for power and prestige?
Respect that should have been paid to the innocent babes who were sacrificed on the altar of Satan was instead paid to a man who stands against the most important teaching of our time: the absolute respect due to every human creature.
And what are we left with from the public spectacle?
Partiality, scandal, stumbling blocks, compromise, violation. And as a result, the people now hold the purveyors of this soft religion in contempt.
“For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction—because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the LORD Almighty. “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.” (Malachi 2:7-9)