The ground is red with blood
The whole area smells of death
Blood flows freely
Each person touching death personally
Each person will touch a chicken
Each chicken must die
A blessing to transfer sins
A dead chicken killing the last year’s sins
In the beginning God created life
These days, we destroy that life
Daily carelessness destroying life
None of us takes our actions seriously
Today, people touch the chicken
Wave the chicken in the air,
Each person slaughters the beast
Each person sees the effect of Sin.
How much life does greed destroy?
What harm is brought without thought?
The whole Earth groans from our acts
One day, the destruction is personal!
The heart asks, is this all necessary?
Must we see harm personally.
Today Gary spoke of the doctrine of Substitutionary atonement. I found it interesting, though it seems accidental that Yom Kippur also falls today. The sermon was a basic overview of the doctrine.
Personally, I feel that Substitutionary atonement is at best very incomplete. If the primary purpose of the incarnation was Substitutionary atonement, then Christ came to save sheep and chickens. Today the Jews will sacrifice chickens to atone for their sins… Christ must be more than the ultimate sacrificial chicken.