Mother Teresa (known also as Mother Teresa of Calcutta) was born in what is now called Yugoslavia/Bosnia in 1910. Born to Albanian parents she was at that time known as
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. The labor for which she became renowned began on January 6, 1929 when she arrived in Calcutta, India to work with the poor and needy. When she died in September of 1997 she was the director of a worldwide missions organization known as the “Missionaries of Charity.” There are currently over 500 missions in more than 100 countries around the world. She was the recipient of numerous awards including the most prestigious of all awards, the Nobel Peace Prize. She was revered around the world as an example of Christian love and charity and as someone who dedicated her life to the noble cause of advancing the gospel to the poor and needy of the world while caring for their physical needs. Her legacy will doubtless be as one of history’s great humanitarians.
Upon examination, though, the Mother Teresa portrayed by the media and popularized in our culture is glorified (soon to be beatified) and almost deified.
A close examination of her beliefs and the work she did shows that her legacy may be little more than fiction.
“At the heart of multiculturalism is a lie: that all cultures are equally ‘valid’. To accept that proposition means denying reality – the reality of any objective measure of human freedom, societal health, and global population movement. Multiculturalism is not the first ideology founded on the denial of truth. You’ll recall Hermann Goering’s memorable assertion that ‘two plus two makes five if the Führer wills it’. Likewise, we’re asked to accept that the United States Constitution was modeled on the principles of the Iroquois Confederation – if a generation of of multiculti theorists, the ethnic grievance lobby, and even a ludicrous resolution of the United States Congress so wills it.
“Still, it’s harmless, isn’t it? What’s wrong with playing make-believe if it helps us all feel warm and fuzzy about each other?
“Well, because it’s never helpful to put reality up for grabs. There may come a day when you need it.”
~ Mark Steyn, America Alone (Chapter 10, pg. 203)
“Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way.” Titus 2:10
“Christ enjoined upon every one of His disciples to study Him, to learn of Him, and to imitate His example. A true Christian is the representative of Christ in this world – the only embodiment of gospel teaching and influences, that is presented in human society. How vitally important is it, then, that those of us who profess and call ourselves Christians, should make our Christianity attractive! Multitudes of people know very little and think very little about the Lord Jesus; nearly all the ideas they get of His religion – is what they see in those who profess it!
“An attractive Christian is the one who hits the most nearly that golden mean between love on the one hand – and firmness on the other hand. He is strict – but not censorious. He is sound – and yet sweet and mellow, as one who dwells much in the sunshine of Christ’s countenance. He never incurs contempt by compromising with wrong – nor does he provoke others to dislike of him by doing right in a very harsh or hateful or bigoted fashion.
“Our Master is our model. What marvelous example of gentleness, forbearance, and unselfish love adorned His life! What He was – we, in our imperfect measure, should pray and strive after. Study Jesus, brethren. Get your souls saturated with His spirit. His grace imparted to you and His example imitated – can turn your deformity into beauty, and adorn your lives with those things which are true and honest and lovely. We must make our daily religion more winsome!”
“Leaving you an example – that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
~ Theodore Cuyler, Wayside Springs from the Fountain of Life
HT Grace Gems