This semester, I took an online health class called AIDS AWARENESS. One of the assignments was to watch a film and write a review on it. The film is called And the Band Played On.
The film is basically about the discovery of the AIDS epidemic. At first, many people assumed that it was caused by homosexual intercourse (which it is, but it’s [also] caused by blood transfusions, needle injections, exchanging bodily fluids, etc.), and that brought about even more stigma towards homosexuals than there already was.
One of the scenes that was most significant to me involved one of the doctors, that was part of the AIDS research team. He found that he himself acquired the symptoms of AIDS (his was caused by homosexual intercourse).
The look on his facewas one of great terror. He was so busy doing research and figuring out the microscopic details of this disease, when he unknowingly became a victim.
This scene just reminded me of the epidemic of SIN.
Sometimes we don’t take the precautions, maybe we even study it, and we become infected.
It’s a deadly disease that dooms your eternity. It affects the interior and exterior. You become so ashamed, because this inherited condition destroys your life.
But compared to many of the other illnesses in this world, sin has a cure.
The cure not only covers your wounds, but it heals it, leaving no trace of the disease, and you’re left completely healthy. The one who gives this cure has no knowledge of the disease of sin you once had.
Because Christ not only took the disease in our place, he made us holy whole. Acceptable to his loving and gracious Father.
The beginning of my day was just filled with praising God. Every thought was about him. I was praying without ceasing.
Even though school and education is important, and I’m supposed to focus on it, I had a hard time focusing on God while doing that. What am I supposed to do in that case? It can’t be okay to just put Godly thoughts on hold while I do this math problem. Or maybe I’m just over thinking it.
Rewire was such a blessing. I wish some of my friends had gone, but I guess God has a better time. Matt is going to make such a great pastor. The things he says just shed light on God’s Word and helps you understand it better. God was speaking so clearly tonight.
June 20, 2012, I rededicated my life to God. He is mine and I am His forever. Amen.
Normal people: What a lovely home you have
Me: Whats your wifi
At one time all these things were important to me. But because of Him, He helped me to regard their worth as nothing. Not just these things, but now I think that all things are worth nothing compared with the greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
Because of Him, I got rid all these things, and now I know that they are all worthless trash. All I want now is Him. I want to belong to Him. In Christ I am right with God, but my being right doesn’t come from my following the law. It comes from God through faith. God uses my faith in Christ to make me right with him. All I want is to know Christ and the power that raised him from death. I want to share in his sufferings and be like him even in his death. Then there is hope that I myself will somehow be raised from death.
I don’t mean that I am exactly what God wants me to be. I have yet to reach that goal. But I continue trying to reach it and make it mine. That’s what Christ Jesus wants me to do. It is the reason he made me his. Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me. I keep running hard toward the finish line to get the prize that is mine because God has called me through Christ Jesus to life up there in heaven.
All of us who have grown to be spiritually mature should think this way too. And if there is any of this that you don’t agree with, God will make it clear to you. But we should continue following the truth we already have.