In choosing to ride in a little Fiat instead of a fancy limousine. Pope Francis reminded Americans and the world of the simplicity of faith.
Sometimes we make faith so complicated that no one can understand it.
However, a complicated faith is not God’s intent. Put simply, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
The words of Scripture are filled with simple words and concepts that are so deep that theologians spend a lifetime in study trying to understand them, but so simple that even a child can comprehend them.
Therefore, our tasks as Christians is not to be fooled by those who will try to over complicate our faith.
Distorting the faith with requirements of status, grandeur and outright lies about everything from how to be saved to how the faithful should give of their money, time and talents.
As Paul reminds us in Second Corinthians 11:3 “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”
Pope Francis, in his visit to the United States, as he has during his papacy, is stressing the humanity, the humility and the simplicity of Christ.
He is calling Christians in this consumer driven, unfeatured capitalistic American society to do the same.
The Pope is calling on us as Jesus told us in Matthew 6:19-21 to break the yoke of materialism.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
While many may view the Pope riding around in Fiat as a potential financial blessing for the car company.
The real blessings belongs to us.
For in every mile driven in that Fiat, the Pope emulates Jesus.
Demonstrating that our faith is not about elaborate theology, mega churches, airplanes for the pastor, or luxury cars.
Rather our faith is simply the belief that God sent His own son to be born in a manger. And that through Jesus, life teachings and death, we are bound to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Living a life of simple abundance, not of material things, but of an abundance of carrying for the orphan, the lame, the widower and of the immigrant.
All good and simple things to ride around with the Pope and with us in that little Fiat.