I struggle with how the laity should respond to failing leadership in the Church. Opinions seem to swing wildly from one extreme to another – from viscous, blood-spraying-from-eyeballs attacks, to curling up into a ball and feeling the only faithful response is doing nothing at all. The fact of the matter is that these leaders are human, and humans will fail; it’s inevitable. So when it does happen, how should we respond?
|Martin Luther||St. Athanasius|
|“Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me.”||“If the world is against truth, then I am against the world.”|
|Shattered Christianity unity.||Preserved the world against the Arian Heresy.|
As far as Luther and St. Athanasius, I’m not making a statement on the validity of their stances, rather their responses. An argument could be made that it does make a difference, and that would be an argument I would heartily agree with.
In the end, what was the difference in their response that lead one toward schism and the other toward restoration?