Thursday, December 02, 2004

Before Frosty Danced

Before Frosty Danced
Before Rudolph Guided the Sleigh
Before Santa Came to Town
There was a Baby
In a Manger


One of the key differences between Frosty, Rudolph, Santa and the Baby in the manger is that only the story of the Baby is true. (Oh, alright, yes there was a "St. Nicholas," but the Santa story is highly contrived.)

God incarnate. Jesus being born as all babies are born, brings forth the grand mystery of the incarnation; Jesus, the Messiah, was fully God, and fully man.

In His coming He declares that being human is a good thing. Something worth redeeming, something worth caring for. Human life, at its very beginning (and ending) is sacred. As followers of Jesus we are called to help promote the sanctity of life at its beginning, its middle, and its end. Our responsibility in this has never been more important than in our present day. Not only does the issues of "right to life" still loom over us, but also the whole area of bio-technology.

The study of bio-technology and bio-ethics is something I believe the church needs to be involved in. We need to be technically and theologically informed, so that we can offer a reasonable response to the questions being raised, and the actions being taken.

With this in mind, I came across a good article that I would encourage you to read. It is a good starting challenge for us who hold onto the wonderful truth of the incarnation of God in our world 2,000 years ago and to the truth that the Church, the Body of Christ, bears the responsibility of that incarnation today.

You can read the article at: www.cbhd.org/resources/bioethics/madueme_2004-11-12_print.htm

I would love to hear your comments.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Randy,

Great article, wish I was so eloquent to write something that good! It's amazing that something like that has to be said. The contents of that article should be understood by every person submitted to Christ. To be a people of His Word. Not to hide ourselves from the world behind a shield of theology, but to live a life in the world with a firm grasp of living theology. I remember when I would sit in the church's library and try to read a couple of volumes of "Systematic Theology", and, on a regular basis, get a "think-ache". Theology should be taking God's Word, and putting "shoe leather" on it. Taking the Scriptures, the whole lot, in context, and making it fuse into everyday life. Or vice versa.

In truth, the Church will not be effective in the realm of bio-ethics, or in any other realm, as long as it keeps the Bible on the plane as any other philosophy, or "world view". Something that only tantalizes the intellect. When the Church takes the power of God's Holy Word, and brings it to bear on all aspects of life, starting with those in the pew, then it will be ready to deal with the ethics of the issues of the world. Until then, it's all talk.

In other words, if the Word of God is not in the hearts and the lives of the Body of Christ, it cannot impact the world in which we live. The Word of God will impact the world, only after it has impacted those that claim to be His.

That is real theology.

As for your statement about Santa Claus, it's those kind of comments that get you coal in your stocking, buddy....

God bless, amigo

Dan-o

Anonymous said...

I just "waded" through the article you suggested we read. Since I am neither an intellect nor a theologian I have to simply speak from my heart. I agree that the church has to become vocal in the community on ethical issues. Bioethics has become a HUGE issue and seems to generate a lot of controversy even within the Christian community. When Dolly the cloned sheep was making the headlines I don't recall hearing anything being said about it in church circles. Were we stunned into silence? Now we are confronted with the whole scientific world of embryotic stem cell research which touts the "miracles" which will happen as a result of their findings (none of which have been proven!) I don't know all of the ramifications of stem cell research...I do know that ADULT stem cell research has had amazing results...but when I hear that one person has to die in order for another to POSSIBLY have an improved life...my heart screams NO NO NO NO NO!!!! There is a segment of believers who believe that "life" doesn't begin until a certain time so killing an embryo in the first few months is "OK". Where do they read in God's Word that there is a span of time where it is OK to terminate life? I read in Jeremiah 1:5 that the word of the Lord came to him saying "before I was forming you in the womb I knew you"...God said HE was forming Jeremiah...He didn't say "when you were a "blob" in the womb.God Himself...the creator of ALL things...was forming.."knitting together"Jeremiah in his mother's womb from the getgo. Life begins at conception...there is "forming" taking place from the moment of conception....instantly and constantly until the time of birth. When is it OK to end that life in the formative months? My heart says NEVER!!! When is it "OK" to end an elderly or chronically ill person's life because their "quality of life" has diminished? My heart says NEVER!!!! When is it "OK" to clone an animal or human? My heart says NEVER!!!! God is God..He ALONE is the creator and terminator of life. Medical science has brought humanity anitbiotics, advances in surgical procedures, life saving techniques for which we thank God for giving that knowledge to them. However, so many of the medical scientists ignore or deny God's hand in their work and seem to desire to "play God" themselves. They strive to find the "mystery of life" to decide who lives and who dies. They are going to extremes to achieve their goals. Do we need to have a voice? YES !! How do we go about it? I don't know. All I know is that God is the author of life and it is in HIS hands..not ours. I will now climb down from my soapbox and get on with the business of the day.

Anonymous said...

oops...forgot to sign my name to the above comment Ruthie