Ancient Text: 2 Kings, Chapter 5
The story of a man cured of leprosy, not by the king to whom he was sent, but by the Prophet Elisha.
Children’s Message Text: Luke 4:27
Jesus recalls the ancient story of Naaman to those who believe only special classes of people deserve healthcare.
The Ten Most Challenging Questions of the Bible Series Continues
10: How does the love of God abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and refuses to help? (7/2)
9: Am I my brother’s keeper? (7/9)
8: What do you see? (7/16)
7: Am I God? (7/23)
6: What shall we do with these old things? (7/30)
5: Who would not fear God? (8/6–Hiroshima Remembrance)
4: Why do you wrong each other? (8/13)
3: Where did you glean today? (8/20)
2: Where has your beloved gone? (8/27)
1: Why do you work for that which does not satisfy? (9/3)
“Am I God?”
An Introduction to the Sunday Message by Pastor Doug
Today Charlie Gard, the British baby with a life-threatening, rare genetic disease, was granted permanent residency in the U.S. in order to receive an experimental treatment. Go Fund Me efforts raised $1.7 million for the treatment and U.S. Congress approved Nucleoside Bypass Therapy for Charlie. I join with the family praying for Charlie’s recovery, adding him to my prayers for many such babies who receive far less attention and help. This is yet another reminder of the forces at work in the preservation (and cessation) of life. In this case Charlie’s fate rested in the hands of parents, doctors, courts, and Go Fund Me contributors. And all of these forces contend with “nature” or “god.” Baby Charlie was born with damaged DNA and people can make the telelogical argument that early death is his destiny. What do you think is best for Charlie? What is best for other children born with genetic disorders? What about other genetic traits that do not threaten life, but rather limit life?
Queen Hecuba, in the Euripides play The Trojan Women, offers the following prayer:
Foundation of earth, above it throned
whoever thou art, beyond our mind’s poor grasp
whether Zeus or fate or spirit of men
I implore thee
Sunday we reflect on these three forces: Zeus, fate and human ingenuity. Who is ultimately responsible for human beings like baby Charlie?