“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;”
Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
Every human being bears the image of God. Every human being has intrinsic value. That reality is shouted from no higher ground than Calvary. While we were yet enemies of God, Christ died for us. Jesus doesn’t determine our worth by our skin color, nationality, gender or political affiliation. He laid His life down for all those created in His Father’s image. In our first Sunday back to church in three months, as I stood to launch a series on JOY and attempted to turn the page of fear, confusion and hostility associated with the pandemic; I found myself on yet another page; a page we keep turning back to as a nation; a page we’ve read and reread but somehow never seem to fully comprehend. The recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, on the heels of countless other black men whose names dissipate with the news cycle, have stirred the collective soul of our nation. And as followers of Christ, they should stir each of our souls. I don’t have the solution to outright injustice and overt racism, but I do know this…I don’t want to be part of the problem. Teach me Lord, as one entirely unfamiliar with the black experience in our nation, to see through your eyes, to see above all else your image and the value it ascribes to each human being. As your shepherd and fellow image bearer of God, that too is my challenge for you. The Prophet Micah said it well…
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 (NIV)