Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Based on a Biblical understanding of God’s creation, the Declaration of Independence boldly declares the following: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Though we as a nation have not adequately lived up to these lofty self-evident principles of equality for all, they should chart our course as individuals, communities, and congregations. Our failures of the past and present should illuminate our path towards the future.
Nearly two years ago, I posted the following thoughts in a post entitled “God’s Image.” They ring true today more than ever:
“In a world characterized by polarization and division, we are quickly diverging from an important founding pillar – that all men are created equal because all men are created in the image of God. As such, there is no room for the intolerable hate that often is directed towards those who are different from us. This is especially true for Christians who are disrespecting our God whenever we treat anyone in a way not characterized with full dignity and respect. God created each person just as much as He created you. He loves each person just as much as He loves you. Your disrespect for others will not separate them from God’s love, but will only separate you from God’s will.”
May Christians lead the way towards the Biblical understanding of equality, dignity, and respect for all people, and away from the ugly stains of bias, discrimination, and hate that plagues our society.
PLEASE PRAY FOR AMERICAN CHRISTIANS TO LEAD TOWARDS A CHANGED SOCIETY THAT TREATS ALL PEOPLE WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT. God’s image is reflected in each and every person. May we treat everyone with a firm understanding that all men are created equal.
The following link will take you to “God’s Image”: http://prayatlunch.us/gods-image/