The Man or the Message?

By Carlos Malave 10-01-2015
Sojourners

The American media, Christians of all colors and stripes, and the general public have been swept up by the frenzy of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. While attending the prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, I couldn’t help but notice the excitement of even some who have substantial theological disagreements with the pope.

The reactions of two people close to me are very revealing. A Catholic relative commented that he is “our pope,” as if to say that Protestants have no right to claim his success and fame.

On the other hand, a good friend and colleague in ministry, who happens to be Pentecostal, raised the issue of the fine line between admiring a person and adoring (as if worshiping) that person.

Is all this frenzy about the man — Pope Francis?

It is, and it is not.

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