Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 3
Date:
20th January 2018
Description:
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
DAY 3 UPHOLDING HUMAN DIGNITY
STARTING POINT
Our image of a slave is often of someone wearing iron chains and being forced to work
against their will. But there are other forms of enslavement where the chains may be
less visible. Pornography, especially via the internet, is an assault on human dignity,
and, because it commodifies the human person, it is as destructive as slavery, where
women, children and young people can be the first victims. As Christians we are called
to uphold human dignity, recognize God’s gift to sexuality and to work against those
things that damage that dignity and gift.
Exodus 3.4-10
God frees those who are in human bondage
Psalm 24.1-6
Lord, we are the people who see your face
1 Corinthians 6.9-20
Therefore glorify God in your body
Matthew 18.1-7
Woe to the one by whom the stumbling block comes!
REFLECTION
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
the saying goes;
but what if those who look on
are not interested in beauty?
A rose by any other name
can still be pruned
too early,
before it is in bloom;
petals not allowed to unfurl as yet
fall between the weeds that would choke.
Beauty held
captive,
by the hand that wants only for itself.
Hands can be washed,
but the stain of shame
is not so easily removed.
Beauty held
tenderly;
precious.
Tears wiped away,
tables turned
in our temples;
where is God’s hand
in all of this?
QUESTIONS
What do the words ‘pornography’ and ‘exploitation’ evoke for you?
How do the internet, social media and other forms of modern technology
liberate or enslave us?
How in the modern world might we uphold human dignity?
PRAYER
God of beauty,
You made us in your image
Endowed us with a loveliness
Little lower than the angels’.
Save us from the exploitation
Of each other’s bodies.
For the sake of Christ,
Who became flesh and reigns in glory.
Teach us that
Our bodies are sacraments of grace,
And vessels of your beauty.
Amen.
GO AND DO
(see www.ctbi.org.uk/goanddo)
Many Christian churches in the Caribbean share a concern about the issue of
pornography, especially via the internet.
Visit Go and Do to find information about how you can provide information
about pornography addiction support groups in your churches.
Explore and discuss in your church small group or bible study group where
bodies can be viewed positively and holistically in our culture, e.g. art
galleries. You could read a book together to explore a positive perspective on
how to view the body. e.g.
Body
by Paula Gooder.

 

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