Pastor's Corner

20 Feb
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Mid-Week Challenge

Any parent who has had a heated argument with their teenager has probably heard the exclamation "I didn't ask to be born" right before the sound of a slamming bedroom door.  While I can appreciate the sentiment, I have never understood the practicality of the statement. (Maybe that is why it is a teenage phrase?) What possible logic is there in a person believing for one second that any of us has a choice of being born or not.  What type of consent could be sought or even given?  Maybe we will find the answer in India.   

A 27-year-old Indian man named Raphael Samuel plans to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent.  Samuel believes that it is wrong to bring children into the world because they then have to put up with lifelong suffering.  Samuel admits that our consent can't be sought before we are born, but insists that "it was not our decision to be born".  So, as we didn't ask to be born, we should be paid for the rest of our lives to live, he argues.  Samuel's belief is rooted in what's called anti-natalism - a philosophy that argues that life is so full of misery that people should stop procreating immediately. Reports show that both his parents are lawyers and they have a great relationship with their son.  Mom says she is looking forward to her day in court.  So far, no lawyer has taken Samuel's case.

Seriously? Yes, this 27-year-old has thought this through and believes this world would be better off if people were no longer around.  If given a choice how would you respond? Well that's just it, no one gets to choose when they are born or the family they are born into.  Bible readers might take a pause here and remember there is One who had a choice and He gave His consent. His parents never guaranteed Him any property. In fact, He never owned any at all, to the day He died. His parents didn’t guarantee Him a good life, either; no such luck. This was a man who had “no place to lay His head.” He was constantly under pressure from enemies who wanted Him killed. In the end, though, it was a friend, of all people, who betrayed Him. He died horribly, painfully, humiliatingly at a very young age. Knowing all of this in advance, why would anyone consent to being born? The answer is love. Jesus gave up Heaven so that He might die for those who would be saved.  He knew full well the life that awaited Him and He choose it anyway. No greater love than to lay His life down for His friends.  

Today, thank the Lord that He made you as a special creation that He desires a relationship with.  Be thankful that Jesus came to this earth voluntarily to restore our relationship through His death, burial and resurrection.  

Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross. Philippians 2:6-8

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan


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