Here’s a way to pray and prepare for worship tomorrow at Koinos. Read the text, 2 Peter 1:3-11; the same text all month teaching us to be shaped by the word which gives us everything we need for life and godliness.
Tomorrow is Sanctity of Life Sunday at Koinos. We will focus on our need to be taught by the Bible how to live godly lives, protecting life in our culture of death. You will hear the testimony of Lauren Bunting and her daughter as God rescued them from suffering and a brush with abortion. You will also be challenged to live for the protection of the lives of our neighbors who are African American, Hispanic, other ethnicities, and the elderly as well as women and children in need of protection against human trafficking.
Ponder this part of the text especially: 2 Peter 1:9 “For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” The meaning is this. Those who are shaped by God’s word like verses 3-6 explain will be able to see clearly how to please God in a culture of death. Those who are not shaped by God’s word are blind and cannot see how to please God. The Spirit is calling us to be shaped by the word so that we see clearly.
The reason I use the words “a culture of death” is because the Holy Spirit gave this teaching through Peter to people being persecuted by the Roman Empire – a true culture of death where Christians were murdered in extreme and grotesque ways. Human life was devalued not just with Christians. Infanticide (the murder of newborns) was common. Senicide (killing the elderly) was common. Also common were slavery, ethnic hatred, sex trade, and human trafficking.
Believers received instruction from the Apostle on how to live in such a culture of death. The culture of the US is different from the Roman culture only in that the above practices are happening in much greater volume in the US, under the nose of a much greater Christian population even with scores of Christians participating in the death culture.
How can you live to bring life to our culture of death?