Monday, March 28, 2005

The Jesus Life

Our church is beginning a new study on what it means to be a follower of Jesus--to live like Jesus. A look at the number of denominations, churches and schools of thought point to the fact that there are obviously many opinions out there on this subject. The media has been busy since the November election trying to get a handle on what it means to be one in America, especially one with the label "Evangelical." Is it possible to answer our question by looking at the church of today? I once read in The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey his quote from Annie Dillard, "What a pity that so hard on the heels of Christ come the Christians." Yancey asks, "Why don't we look more like the church Jesus described? Why does the body of Christ so faintly resemble him?" These are the kinds of questions we will be exploring and discussing at Highland over the next couple of months. This blog post is a great place to hear from you and your thoughts on what it means to follow Jesus today.


Blogger Burkhalter Ministry said...

Good Word about Jesus...any thoughts about the Schiavo death?

3/31/2005 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger John Henson said...

That's a great question. I do have many thoughts on this and I intend to make some time soon to put up a posting about the issues of her death as well as on the overall discussion of life and death in our nation today. I will touch on everything from abortion to capital punishment and what path a follower of Jesus is to walk in these issues.

At the risk of sounding simplistic about Terry Schiavo's situation, I will summarize for now some of my thoughts:

1. When there is no official living will in place, doctors and family should "err" on the side of life.

2. Terry's parents should have been able to take care of her since they wanted to do so. From what I have read and heard, Terry could have continued to live with the feeding tube. In other words, it is not as if she was rapidly declining with the tube and care. If her parents and family were wanting and willing to care for her, why pull the tube?

3. I understand why the courts looked at this in the beginning, but I am a bit uncomfortable with the process that took place. I don't have all the facts and have not studied the process, but my thoughts come from what I observed on TV and from news media. I noted that some who were against the government interfering were also upset that the government did not step in to restore the feeding tube.

4. Life is a gift from God and we must do all we can to protect and sustain it, even if it means that it makes our lives uncomfortable doing so.

Again, sorry to be so simplistic. Look for more later in another thread--probably in the Jesus Life posts in the next couple of weeks.

4/12/2005 09:32:00 AM  

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