Even though I am Catholic and proud to be Catholic, at times I have fallen into Catholic triumphalism, which is not a good thing.
I admit to feeling a certain amount of frustration with Protestants/Evangelicals at times. I could list the reasons for it but won’t since the frustration is not justified. I’ll just say that I have handled it with varying degrees of success. For example, I recently had a conversation with my mother (an Evangelical) about the difference between Catholic and Protestant, and was happy with myself for how I handled it. But there were times in the past where I engaged online with Evangelicals and other Protestants, and I was not nearly as charitable as I should have been. I regret those times.
However, when I see how sincere they are in their faith, it touches me. As a Catholic I know they are Christians by virtue of our common baptism, our common Christology, and other doctrines we share such as the Trinity. In addition to those things, here are a few other things I think they have right. These are just off the top of my head. There are probably others:
- They are on fire for the Lord.
- They are not afraid to evangelize the world.
- They respect and know the Bible.
- I love their heartfelt prayers, such as the Sinner’s Prayer.
- They are patriotic.
- They stand for unborn human life and God’s definition of marriage.
- The Protestant work ethic is real, and good.
- I love the worship music they create, such as this song:
It is worth noting here that I was baptized in middle school at the local Presbyterian church, after going through their catechetical program. And was not re-baptized when I entered the Catholic Church in 2012. As I was preparing to enter the Church, this really made a positive impression on me, since my baptism was personally very meaningful for me as a Christian.
I realize that there are gradations and distinctions among Protestants and Evangelicals, so I don’t mean to be saying that they are all the same. I also don’t want to give the impression that I am advocating indifferentism. I just thought it would be good to write something sincere and good about them so that any reading my blog can understand my heart a little better. It seems like there is a fine line between acknowledging the important areas where we agree while not advocating that our differences are irrelevant. I am still figuring how to walk that line.
In the mean time, I hope you enjoy these great worship songs created by Protestants: