In searching for updates at the Washington Post on the latest political chaos, I came across this story (see link) on the discomfort of some "conservative" Catholics with the so-called "freer" style of Pope Francis.
My brief reaction:
Uptight is not better. Having a personal and very subjective penchant for excessive precision is not required by Christianity. Based on my personal experience, that compulsive tendency is a common personality trait among self-described "conservatives"; but this tendency is not necessary (and certainly not sufficient) for the Christian personality.
I do believe there is a necessary and specific Christian personality type. Here it is in authoritative detail:
. . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22 (in part), 23 (NAB).
That personality profile does not emerge overnight, but that profile should be the recognizable trajectory and trend for all of us who claim to be Christian.
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