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In 1972, a man touring Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican broke from the crowd, jumped over a barrier shouting â€śI am Jesus Christ!â€ť and began pounding Michelangelo's famous statue of the crucified Christ, known as â€śThe Pieta," with a hammer. He got in 15 hammer blows before shocked bystanders could pull him off. Pieces of the masterpiece lay scattered on the basilica floor.
The world was appalled. How could anyone deface the nearly 500- year-old masterpiece by Michelangelo? How could anyone have the audacity to mar the beautiful marble image of Christ?
The memory of that tragic incident came back to mind this week. The world was right to be appalled. Thankfully, Michelangelo's statue was restored by a master sculptor. But there has been a more significant marring of the image of Christ recently -- not His image in marble, but His image in human beings. Satan hates Jesus Christ and has been determined since the beginning of the human race to do what he can to deface the glory of Christ displayed in His masterpiece, His image bearers, human beings.
Specifically, Satan has been doing his utmost to disfigure God's glory seen in the â€śmalenessâ€ť and â€śfemalenessâ€ť of human beings. And sadly, the culture around us is NOT appalled. If anything, our culture applauds the defacing of the beautiful, complimentary distinctiveness of male and female image bearers.
Join Pastor Larry McCall in 1 Timothy 2:9-15 as we look as how we, the church, are to model God's â€śrestoredâ€ť masterpiece and how the way we relate as men and women reflects God's glory.
Pastor Larry McCall is the Lead Pastor at Christ's Covenant Church in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he has served as a pastor since 1981. In addition to pastoring, he enjoys speaking at retreats and conferences across the United States and abroad as the Lord opens doors. He has written a...