Blood and Freedom

I gave blood at church last week!

We had a cooperative venture with the American Red Cross and had a mini-blood drive, right on our church parking lot, last Sunday. The Bible says, “The life of the body is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11) and scores of our parishioners signed up, showed up, and shared this life-giving resource.

In preparation, I was asked to respond to 49 questions about my health and history—even about my sexual behavior and contacts. It seems the Red Cross is serious about the risk of using contaminated blood. If I had HIV or AIDS or had homosexual contact—ever—that means my blood could be unhealthy and could put whoever ultimately needed my blood at risk.

Behavior has consequences (Romans 1:24-27). Unnatural and unhealthy sexual behavior puts individuals—and even someone who has sexual contact with them—at risk. If you are trapped in an unhealthy lifestyle, now is the time to find freedomin Christ.

Ephesians 1:7

New Living Translation (NLT)
7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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