“Big Blue Wave Pro-Life Blogburst”


Have you ever wondered where this culture of death came from? How it’s continued to grow since Roe v Wade? The easy answer would be to say sin, or Satan. But I propose to you another answer; passive Christianity.
I will not deny the power of sin or Satan’s influence in this world. At the same time, I will not excuse the passive attitude that many churches seem to have toward abortion, and it’s effects on society. How can I possibly blame an Institution that has long held to the teaching of the sacredness of life? I don’t. For the church is made up of people; men, women, children and grandparents. We are young and old, professionals and laborers, rich and poor and all points in- between. Each family is responsible for upholding Church teaching and biblical standards in right to life issues, including abortion. Each family also has a God given structure and this itself has been deviated from. Is it any wonder that with the rise of dysfunctional families that we have a dysfunctional society?
Each new generation, without God ordained leadership, will face the same dilemma that we face now, only worse. If we are not taught in the home that life is sacred, that we are sacred, made in the image and likeness of God Himself, then we will fail in our call to change this culture. It’s time that the Church start influencing society instead of society influencing the Church.
So together let’s make passive Christianity a thing of the past and move forward in the boldness of the Holy Spirit to defeat this culture of death. From our homes to our churches to our schools, let’s teach pro-life! In our local, state and federal governments, let’s elect pro-life!
Amen.
I would like to thank Suzanne at Big Blue Wave for putting this “blogburst” together in honor of “Life Chain Sunday”, and allowing me to particapate in it. Please visit her site and read the other great pro-life blog posts.

Life Chain Sunday 2006


Please come join us for Life Chain Sunday, this Sunday, October 1st. We will meet in front of St. Bede Church, 2:30-3:30 pm. Let’s unite for life!

God Unites


God created man in His image; in the divine image He created him; male and female He created them.   Gen 1:27  (NAB)

Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being (soul). Gen. 2:7 (NASB)

God takes dust, dirt and creates a human (man). Well, didn’t He do the same thing when He created the animals? In chapter 1 verse 24, Then God said,”Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures…” That’s a different description than the one we get in chapter 2:7. Which is God forming, as a potter would, the man. A personal, intimate molding of this special creation, in His image and His likeness, the crown of all His work, to which he found it to be “very good”. We also see that He did not breathe the breath of life into the animals, which means they would have no soul, or inner being.

What is united, I believe, is very important. The physical world is united with the spiritual world. God brought the two together, and we must live out the two in our own experiences. So how do we, in our own experience, unite the material and physical worlds? When we are born from above (Jn. 3:3) and baptized (Tit. 3:5), we are a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17). We receive the Holy Spirit of God and He is united with our bodies. Technically, this is something that we can not control, as if controlling God, but it is in the decision we make to choose God’s plan for us that we are allowed this control. Acting in His image and likeness.

Paul also tells us in Romans 12:1 that as we present our bodies to God a living sacrifice, this is our spiritual act of worship. See how the two connect here? Living out our faith in the body, is spiritual worship!

And as I have discovered this past year, the greatest of this uniting is in the Mass. Where heaven and earth meet in the renewal of the new and everlasting covenant. Where again, the physical and the spiritual meet in the Eucharist, a foretaste of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, when we will be in heaven with Him. Again, these things are not things that we can control, except in our decision to participate.

As we decide to act in His image and likeness, we can unite the spiritual and physical worlds. A pure life, prayer, studying scripture, going to church and receiving the Lord in the Eucharist, all things we can do to achieve this.

Amen.

God blessed


And God blessed them; and God said to them “Be fruitful and multiply…” Gen. 1:28 (NASB)

In God’s image and likeness, He has given us the responsibility of blessing. Just as God has bestowed His blessings on humanity, so we must do, and it must start at home. Husbands with wives, wives with husbands, parents with children and even children with parents.

To bless means to confer well-being or praise. To praise our family members when goals are accomplished, good grades are earned, chores are done. When dinner is especially delicious, dry cleaning is picked up and laundry put away. All these things are things that need to be done and we expect them to be done. But if we will take a minute and praise those who do these things, maybe it won’t seem so bothersome to begin with.

I think we can all realize the potential danger in not praising our family.  Our children, even our spouses, will seek and possibly find others who will praise them for the things they do or say or for the work they do or even their appearance.   

God blesses us every day and likewise in His image and likeness we should bless our family everyday.

Amen.

God separates


And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  Gen. 1:4 (NASB)

In the image and likeness of God we have the ability or power (if you will) to separate. Hearkening back to our last study, we were talking about speaking in a positive manner to achieve positive results. Separating doesn’t sound like a positive action, in fact it sounds really negative. Well, that would all depend on what we separate from. If we separate ourselves from sin, that is a positive action. If we separate ourselves from God however, that is a negative action.

The idea is that we, as humanity, are set apart from the rest of creation. We are different! For we are all created in the image and likeness of God.

There is also a particular verse, quoted by St. Peter from the book of Leviticus that says,” You shall be holy, for I am holy.” (Lev.11:45, 1 Pet. 1:16). Does God mean we are to be sinless like He is? No; what He means is for us to be separate from, like He is. What is God separate from? Everything He created; He is above all, there is nothing like Him, He is totally separate from everything. And yet, in His image and likeness, He calls us to imitate Him.

Just as He called Israel to be the light to the Gentiles, so He calls His Church to be the light of the world. We must first separate the light from the darkness in our own lives, confessing and turning from our sins to seek unity with God. We must then separate ourselves from the rest of the world, if we want to truly participate in the kingdom life we’ve been called to.

It’s not popular, it’s not convenient and it’s not easy, but to act in the image and likeness of God, it is necessary.

Amen.

God spoke


Then God said “Let there be light;” and there was light.  Gen. 1:3  (NASB)

God saw the emptiness, the darkness, the formlessness and He spoke to it. There was change. Our circumstances will never change if we put our heads in the sand and not address what is going on around us. God spoke and there was a reaction. When we speak, there will be a reaction. We must speak in a positive manner to achieve positive results. Isn’t that the image, and the likeness of God?

Our words have the ability to build up, but if we are not careful (to act in God’s image) our words can tear down and destroy. We also need to understand that not addressing difficult situations is denying the image and likeness of God. You can look at Gen. 3:6 as well as Gen. 16:2 and see the results of not addressing some difficult situations.

When God saw a problem (our sin) He didn’t bury His head in the sand and say,”Oh, they really didn’t mean it.” He didn’t excuse it away. He took action; first in the old covenant and now in the new. God, which is the very essence of love, saw a problem and addressed it with love, with His son Jesus Christ.

So when I speak, I must speak in love with wisdom and courage seeking justice. When I do that, I can be assured that I am acting in His image and in His likeness.

Amen.

God moves


And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  Gen. 1:2(NASB)

What is the formlessness, darkness and emptiness in your life? The darkness of depression? The emptiness of a lost relationship? The formlessness of your life; what’s it all about? What’s my purpose in life? These are questions that everyone asks in life, at one time or another. Some seek to find the answers, while others settle into their circumstances.

In His image and His likeness, we have the ability to look upon the formlessness, darkness, emptiness and move through it. To not be content with the status quo but moving beyond what is considered by most to be acceptable, and desiring completeness.

There are situations in life that call for contentment (Ph.4:11, Heb.13:5) knowing God will supply our needs but if we are not overcoming, persevering, victorious Christians then something is wrong; and what is laking is not allowing ourselves to act in Gods image and His likeness during our trials and tribulations.

Father, grant to us this day the grace to be more like You and less like us. We ask in Jesus name, amen.

Amen.