Join us for the third sermon in our series on racism based on Philippians 2:5-11. If you are able, please join us at Our Redeemer Presbyterian Church for worship together at 9am on Sunday, July 19. Remember to bring a chair and wear a mask.
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Still listening and following, Mark.
Let me think about this one. And I will listen to it again.
1 Peter 4:13 NASB
…but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ…
What if in our comfortable American Christian lives, 1) we do not suffer any sufferings and 2) we do not share in the sufferings of others, mainly the marginalized, the oppressed, the dirty and the smelly, the suffering and the dying?
Are we supposed to make suffering a focus or a destination in our lives?
In earlier times men used to flagellate themselves.
Are we to seek flagellation, real or symbolic?
Will that crucify the flesh?
Mark, your past twenty years has connected you strongly with the suffering and the dying.
My life does not.
I mainly see and experience death in the newspaper not the bedchamber.
I experience the photo and the obituary, not the horror of the death bed, certainly not the smells and the sounds as a friend expires. Removed from the death of friends, I am farther removed from the death of strangers.
American lifestyle argues against being in the presence of death and the dying, unless it is video or game related.
So are we, the sterilized Church of the United States really the Church of Jesus Christ?
Are we truly saved?
How then shall we live…?