PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
In confirmation class two weeks ago students learned what the word presupposition means relative to one’s worldview. A worldview can be defined as ‘a way of looking at the whole world.’ All of us operate every day with a worldview; it’s the filter we develop over time in which we understand and interpret all we see, hear and read.
Our worldview is powered to a large extent by our presuppositions, what we assume to be true; it becomes our starting point for understanding our world, the evening news, world events, where we came from, where we’re going, is there a God, and why are we here to name a few. These are important questions to answer for a meaningful and purposeful life.
Tied to these questions is what we remember every January; the sanctity of human life. That statement alone presupposes life is sacred. Where does that idea come from? Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness. Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind. (Psalm 139:13-16) It comes from the one who created you and the world. Humans are the only living beings that are made in the image of God, therefore all human life is sacred, from the moment of conception until death.
With that in mind we must view all people as having the image of God whether they act like it or not. This must be our starting presupposition. This assumption will influence how we view ending human life prematurely; namely through abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, assisted suicide, murder, terrorism and so on. This is the biblical worldview, the sanctity of human life that our children must learn.
If one’s presupposition says there is no God and human life is the product of blind chance, random mutations and a vast amount of time, then what makes human life any different than a bird, lizard, or chimpanzee? Nothing! Animals, birds, and fish are killed all the time, and eaten! The only thing that bars killing humans and harvesting their body parts is the inerrant Word of God. With that set aside due to the assumption man is an evolved animal, there are no safeguards. Proverbs 24:11 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
During Lent this year we will be participating in the CPC’s ‘Bottles for Babies.’ We will receive a baby bottle or two and will place our special Lenten offering in them and be collected on Easter. This is one small way to make a huge impact on saving children made in the image of God.
By the Way:
Wednesday 30, 3:00 No Confirmation. (Too cold)
Sunday 3, 9:00 Morning worship and Holy Communion. Sermon: The Building Project
Annual meeting February 3, 10:15.
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