There are those who think Mother Teresa was a heretic. Seriously. My wife got one of those visitors on her Facebook page, calling Mother Teresa a false prophetess of some twisted sort. Mother-freaking-Teresa. For all things holy and good, I can’t let this one go without commenting.
Wendy posted a quote she read during her sister’s memorial service on Saturday:
“Love has no other message but its own. Every day we try to live out Christ’s love in a very tangible way, in every one of our deeds. If we do any preaching, it is done with deeds, not with words. That is our witness to the gospel.” ~Mother Teresa
If you’re thinking these are the words of someone as self-centered and uncaring as the Wolf of Wall Street, you aren’t too far from one of Wendy’s Facebook friends who felt the need to correct Wendy’s blind admiration for Mother Teresa:
Seriously. Shall I list the err in her words? Let me list a few:
- The TRUE Gospel of Jesus Christ is one that this person knows, and Mother Teresa didn’t preach it “at all.” That’s absolute: at all. Mother Teresa is totally wrong. She didn’t get anything right. We’re not talking an average person here, we’re talking the nun who vowed a life of poverty to help the most destitute people on the planet. This poster has judged Mother Teresa as absolutely wrong.
- “Getting saved” is not done by the deeds of someone like Mother Teresa, nor kindness. All that ridiculousness about feeding the poor and diseased in Calcutta, petty hogwash. If no one “got saved,” then there is no point to the good deeds that took place.
- Preaching the gospel with your actions is — according to this poster — not true. Not true. Mother Teresa’s quote is representative of a “false gospel” that was “clearly condemned by Jesus and the apostles.” Clearly condemned. Jesus, Paul, and all the rest of them would have clearly condemned total sacrifice to the poorest destitute on the planet. Can you hear Jesus, Paul, and the rest of them clearly condemning Mother Teresa’s inspiring good will to the people of Calcutta? “To hell with them…Teresa, speak up about the TRUE Gospel already!”
- Need proof? Read all of Galatians.
- Jesus’ message was to repentance and FULL surrender and total abandonment of self. Mother Teresa was so far from repentance, surrender and total abandonment that she deserves an abrupt and public rebuke from this person’s living room iPad, safely nestled in the warmth of the wealthiest country on the planet.
- Need proof? Read the two verses in the bible she cut-n-pasted from Bible Gateway.
There are actually people in the world who hate on Mother Teresa. This gives me pause, and here’s why. There are those who surrender all to help those in need. Mother Teresa was one of the few who understood and acted out with the tremendous love and compassion that is exactly as she said it, “our witness to the gospel.” Personally, I struggle to hold true to the kind of total surrender Mother Teresa displayed (and this troll ironically criticizes). Of all the people on the planet that can be admired for bravely walking the sacrificial and life-giving walk of Christ, Mother Teresa takes the cake.
But even more pause: if Mother Teresa is worth the judgment of a twisted religious zealot, then the heart of a Pharisee cuts deep. He (or she) will go to the most illogical and ridiculous ends to attack true love in action. This person (and I suppose there are some who agree with her) actually went out of her way to attack Mother Teresa. This heart of judgment knows no boundary if such a holy and devout woman is the victim of her self-proclaimed condemnation. I cannot agree with whatever gospel she preaches, but I can certainly sign on to the gospel of Mother Teresa’s.
Her husband got on FB and double-downed. He quoted scripture, posted videos of sermons he listened to, and ranted about how petty Mother Teresa’s work was because — according to him — she didn’t preach the TRUE gospel. It wasn’t pretty, but oh-so-revealing. I’m going to leave my rebuttal here and let it sink in.