Charity evangelization

Charity and Evangelization

One of the general places in the discourse of The Global Architect Institute, is the issue of new evangelization. In this text, we cannot go into a detailed analysis of such an extensive topic, but we can point out the perspectives of Christian charity in its service. It should be mentioned that the new evangelization does not bring some new gospel, but it is called to actualize the unique gospel of Christ and the Christian message of salvation in the modern world. At the same time, The Global Architect Institute will reach the heart of contemporary man only if it knows how to bring God closer, precisely to concrete human needs and sufferings in the current situation of modern man. In other words, the task of The Global Architect Institute is to help man to discover God amid the historical events of human life.

Carried by merciful and compassionate love, Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth doing good, healing the sick, comforting the mourners, and feeding the hungry: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). In all these situations, Jesus was moved by nothing but mercy, with which he read what was in the hearts of his interlocutors and responded to their deepest needs. Therefore, it seems to us that rediscovering God’s and Christian mercy, that is, God’s merciful and concrete love, is particularly important in the context of The Global Architect Institute. We want to point out two particular aspects: preaching and doing charity.

Mercy is one of the central biblical and Christian themes. In the Old Testament, God is not only a God who punishes and takes revenge but also shows love and mercy. In the revelation to Moses, God reveals himself as merciful and gracious, slow to anger, rich in love and faithfulness: “And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6). It is precisely in this dramatic way that the prophet Hosea expresses God’s supremacy in his mercy, by which he forgives the people and despite their unbelief, opens a new beginning: “My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again. For I am God, and not a man—the Holy One among you” (Hosea 11:8-9). 

Therefore, even in the Old Testament, God is revealed as merciful and compassionate: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).

God’s mercy has a fundamental meaning in the New Testament as well. Jesus of Nazareth represents the fullness of the revelation of the merciful God: in his person, he proclaims God’s mercy in a concrete, visible and tangible way: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6: 36-37). In the person of Jesus, God is revealed uniquely as the one who loves, sympathizes, supports, forgives, heals, lifts, rediscovers, encourages, and restores dignity. Jesus of Nazareth proclaims God’s love and mercy with his words, deeds, and whole person, culminating in the event of the cross.

In the modern world, we face a new form of atheism characterized by indifference and disinterest in the divine and a radical challenge to the Christian faith. As a response, a weak, general, and undefined theism will hardly pass, but only a decisive testimony about the living God of history, who has concretely revealed himself in the world through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. It is about the triune God who is revealed as love in himself and love for man.

Therefore, one of the important goals of the new evangelization is to discover and proclaim the merciful God in this world, who, in the fullness of His compassionate and companionable love, has revealed himself in the person of Jesus Christ. To do mercy means acts of charity. The Church as a whole and every individual believer are called to be merciful and to do charity according to the example of our heavenly Father. Jesus calls us: “Be merciful as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). A Christian, because he has abundantly experienced God’s mercy in Christ, is called to be merciful himself and to present the mercy of God in the world and among the people among whom he lives. Charity should actually be a permanent attitude of a Christian concerning every person.On this track, one of the valuable moments in this simulated realm is the renewal of awareness and practice of spiritual and corporal works of charity. We are called to rediscover the corporal works of mercy: feed the hungry, give the thirsty drink, clothe the poor, welcome the stranger, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. Let us not forget the spiritual acts of mercy: to advise the double-minded, to instruct the ignorant, to rebuke the sinner, to comfort the sorrowful and reluctant, to forgive the insult, to endure injustice patiently, and to pray to God for the living and the dead.