Would Jesus torture, would he allow his disciples to torture would people acting as his friends, as children of God, as members of the royal priesthood branches of the vine, sheep of his fold, clay in the potterâ€™s hands would they torture?
These are the questions that must be asked not some equivocal, worldly question of what we are permitted to do couched in gray and the flag.
We are bound with our savior, by his example, the touchstone, his blood on the lintels of our hearts. His still small voice speaking deep within, the wellsprings of our souls.
We must strive, in all we do, in who we are to follow his example, to walk yoked to him to do as he would do.
For if we are his followers, if we are to be fishers of men the stain of torture cannot be on our flesh We cannot allow expediency or some moral claim pull us from our saviorâ€™s path
May 17, 2009 Psalm 98:4-8 (Call to Worship) 1 John 5:1-5 John 15:11-15 Message for Children by Reverend Huntley Halvorson, sermon, â€œFriendsâ€, by Pastor Ruth L. Foss, and final hymn, â€œWhat a Friend We Have in Jesusâ€, United Methodist Hymnal #526 (Sanctifying Grace and Perfecting Grace section), Suncook United Methodist Church Suncook, NH May 17, 2009 and the comments of Gary Bauer in the article, â€œTo torture or not to torture?: Pew Forum poll rekindles debate and prompts some evangelical soul-searching", by Eric Gorski, Associated Press, appearing on page B7 of the Concord Monitor, May 16, 2009