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Cyber -Thought Spirit Of Death
On May 5, 2005, two-million believers will gather at some forty-thousand sites for the purpose of praying – the National Day of Prayer. What are you going to pray about? Well, probably quite a few things, but let me suggest one more to add to your list, and that is to pray against the spirit of death.
What do I mean? I’m speaking of the culture of death that has gripped America. Our President, and even the late Pope John Paul II, has spoken about the culture of death as opposed to the culture of life. I recently had the privilege of interviewing David Gibbs, the attorney for the Schindler family, the parents of Terri Schiavo. He said these five statements:
Number one: Terri Schaivo was alive.
Number two: We killed her.
Number three: We killed her in a barbaric manner.
Number four: The courts did not protect her.
And number five: Others will face a similar fate if we do not act.
And how do we act? What do we do? We pray! Terri Schiavo’s attorney, David Gibbs, gave us a description of Terri’s amazing responsiveness that made the reality that she was starved to death all the more painful. And flying in the face of an event like that is the biblical truth that life is precious to God, that we were created in the image of God, that we were fearfully and wonderfully made, and we have a unique dignity and worth and value before God.
And we have the awareness from the Scripture that God is the ultimate Giver and Taker of life, that we existed in God’s heart and mind before our days even came to pass, that God is the One who gives life, and God is the One who determines when life is up. Our days are even numbered by Him. We are not to take our own life, nor are we to take the life of an innocent other. In fact, in contrast to that, we are to defend the poor and the weak – those who cannot defend themselves – and show compassion for those who are dying.
We are not to ignore the plight of those who are dying. And we should avoid the ungodly thinking that if life isn’t a particular quality it’s just not of value. When you gather on May 5, 2005, for the National Day of Prayer, come against the spirit of death that has erupted in our culture and pray for a culture of life to be released.Jim Garlow