Lord, God Almighty, you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Defend us today by your mighty power, so that we may not fall into any sin, and that all our words may so proceed and all our thoughts and actions be so directed as to be always just in your sight. We pray this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer by: Ruth Boro
How many of you watch movies? That may be a silly question. How many of you watch horror films? This may also seem silly, but to some of my Christian brothers and sisters, they do not. It is ok, for we all have different convictions. I enjoy watching movies and I am very careful of the content, but I must say with movies these days, it is difficult. Anyway, that is not the direction I was headed, but I wanted to speak about a particular movie. The movie I wanted to touch on is “I Am Legend”. I believe it is based on a novel with a similar title. The quick version, is a virus broke out infecting millions of people. There were some who were not infected because they were naturally immune. Those who weren’t immune morphed into cannibalistic like zombies or better known as the living dead. According to the film, these zombies of course are infected with the virus and if in the process of them feeding on you, if you happened to survive the attack, you will eventually turn into one of them. Will Smith, played a military virologist who was working on trying to find a cure. He was one of those who were naturally immune, but he avoided these beings at all cost; simply because he wanted to live. I pray that you forgive my use of this movie to metaphorically bring a message home.
When a person dies, during the stage of decomposition, there are substances that are produced. One is called cadaverine and the other putrescine. These substances are what attribute to that foul odor when the body no longer has life. What people do not realize, is that if massive doses are ingested (by inhaling), it has been proven toxic, hence the necessity for embalming. The Bible states “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Co 1:18) The cross as referred in scripture represents Jesus in His entirety. Who He is, who He is related to, what He stands for, what He taught, and what He desires for our future. This verse is saying those who hear it, yet consider it foolish talk, or just do not get it, or simply just ignore it, it means they are dying (spiritually). This is a metaphor, and some things make sense when we look at it from a metaphorical stand point. The cross stands for all that the world need. The cross stands for all that we need as believers. The cross stands for life. The cross stands for good standards. The cross stands for accountability. The cross stands for doing things that is right. All of these things if someone does not get, or choose to ignore, that person is near death and have the ability to be toxic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have never seen anyone who decides to be amongst negativity, and not speak negative things themselves. I have never seen anyone who fellowship with people who constantly use profanity, and not slip up and become profane themselves. I believe you get the point.
The cross represents life, and those who oppose it are near death. Don’t expose yourself to these carcasses. If you live with one, then this means don’t let what they say or do, cause you to change. If that foul odor is seeping, put on your mask which is prayer. God is the coroner. Make no mistake about it, if you are alive and people around you are dead, he will remove them. Amen!