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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