#JesusIsMyCandidate• @Aleerye13: #JesusIsMyCandidate because He did more than ANY president did in three days then they did in their terms.• @Youthguy07: #JesusIsMyCandidate because he has already won. "It is finished." Victory has already been claimed!
#JesusIsMyCandidate• @EverydayRev: #JesusIsMyCandidate because I really dig his foreign policy #loveyourenemies• @CourteneyDenise: #JesusIsMyCandidate the LEADER that has and will keep every promise.. His plans always work out.
#JesusIsMyCandidate• @dianabutlerbass: #JesusIsMyCandidate because he gave away free health care & made sure the hungry were fed.
What is Life?• The condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.” (dictionary.com)• A rat race.• A box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.
What is Life?• Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. - Brendan Gill• Life is what happens to you while youre busy making other plans. - John Lennon
American Virtue of Life“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are createdequal, that they are endowed by theircreator with certain inalienableRights, that among these are Life,Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Not Just American…• Also, Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by the UN in 1948) reads, "Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person."
Modern Translation• “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights”• …that God created every person equal, and He gave each person specific unchanging rights that should never be trampled upon…• “… that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness …”• these include the right of the people to live life in freedom without undue harm, and pursue their dreams and goals.(from http://thebsreport.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/the-declaration-of-independence-what-does-it-mean/)
Life Today• What is our right to life today?• Many discussions center around: – Abortion – Euthanasia/assisted suicide – Capital punishment – War – Self-defense
Life in the Old Testament• Creation Story – Genesis 2:7• Breath/life/spirit – ruach / pneuma• Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; 12-13• Balance between life and death• Almost any Jewish law can be broken to save a life• Jeremiah 29:11• Life in the midst of death
Life in the New Testament• James 4:14-15• Who is in charge of our life? How would anyone on the outside know?• Romans 6:11• What purpose are we living for? What are you dead to in your life?
Jesus = Life• John 14:6; John 11:25• If Jesus is life, what does that mean about our definition of life?• John 10:10; John 4:7-14• What elements stand out in this story?• Is there a difference between life and eternal life?• What laws would Jesus as President enact about life?
Giving Up Your Life• Model of Jesus - John 3:16• Our call - John 15:13• Mark 8:34-37• How do we lose our lives?• What does it mean to pick up our cross?• Does this happen in 2012? Or have we instead given in to comfort and complacency?
Life Together• When Americans speak of life and protecting life, it is usually the individual life – a fetus, a death row inmate, a dying parent.• Pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes about Life Together: “So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Life Together“…where God has acted once and for allfor the salvation of [humanity]. Webecome a part of what once took placefor our salvation. Forgetting and losingourselves, we, too, pass through the RedSea, through the desert, across theJordan, to the promised land…We aretorn out of our own existence and setdown in the midst of the holy history ofGod on earth.”(pg 53)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Life Together“The life of Christians together under theWord has reached its perfection in thesacrament [of the Lord’s Supper].”• Can life be lived to its fullest alone?• Has our definition of life changed since Bonhoeffer wrote this in 1939?
In Conclusion• Life is more than living free safe from harm.• Life from a Christian perspective must involve others – it must be a life lived outwards.• Without shared worship and share sacraments, we aren’t living the life together.
In Conclusion• Jesus consistently put his life at risk and ultimately gave it up so that others may live.• Therefore, who really owns our life? Who do we live for – ourselves, others, or God?• Are the Christian ideal of life and the American ideal of life compatible?
Benediction• Have you wept at anything during the past year? Has your heart beast faster at the sight of young beauty?• Have you thought seriously about the fact that someday you are going to die?• Is there anybody you know in whose place, if one of you had to suffer great pain, you would volunteer yourself?• If your answer to all or most of these questions is no, the chances are that you’re dead. (Rev. Frederick Buechner)