Let’s be scandal-proof
We cannot deny that there are many scandals around that can rob us of our desire to do constructive things, often nipping it in the bud. Today’s scandals just do not come from the usual sources from which we may already have developed a good resistance.
Nowadays, the scandals can come from very unexpected causes, that is, from people whom we least expect to cause them. These people are supposed to be above suspicion. Yet, we always have to remember that anything is possible under the sun. A saintly-looking person may be a demon in disguise. But the reverse can also be true. A devilish-looking person is, in fact, a saint. We should try not to be too surprised by this. In fact, it can be a healthy attitude to somehow expect this kind of phenomenon.
Just the same, as we are reminded in the Book of Ecclesiastes, there is actually nothing new under the sun. God is always in control. Whatever mess we do, God always has the last word. And that last word can only be good.
That is why we should not waste too much time being badly affected by scandals. Our unavoidable exposure to scandals should serve to strengthen our spiritual and moral immunity system, much like that process of developing the relevant antibodies against the antigens that can come to us.
We just have to be realistic about our condition here in this world. We are expected to be and to do good, yet evil always haunts us. There are times when we succeed to be how we should be, but there also are other times when we fail. Everyone has feet of clay.
To be scandal-proof does not mean that we should completely desensitize ourselves from evil. We are humans, and as such, we will always have feelings. One way or another we get affected by what is happening around. To be scandal-proof is to know how to deal with the scandals properly. It is, first of all, a matter of growing and intensifying our love for God. And because of that love, we also should love everyone in the way each one is, warts and all. This is how God loves as shown by Christ. And this is the love that is expected of us.
It is a love that, as St. Paul said in his first Letter to the Corinthians, “is patient, kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts always hopes, always perseveres.” (13,4-7)
Definitely, this kind of love that would make us scandal-proof and focused on being and doing good, would require a lot of sacrifice. But then again, if we do everything with Christ, that sacrifice would not be as bad as when we consider it without God. It is a sacrifice that will always be meaningful and attractive, and rather lightened by Christ’s bearing it with us. As a saint would put it, it would be a “cross without a cross.”
To be scandal-proof that is driven by true love would make us understand why God allows scandals to happen. These scandals actually have a reason for happening. They are actually meant to lead us to some good effects, like our purification, our strengthening in our faith and love, etc. As St. Paul again put it, they in the end will work out for the good. (cfr. Rom 8,28)