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Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
- Genesis 1:26 – 27
The greatest story ever told cannot be understood until we grasp the reality that we have been made in God’s image. The Psalmist says it like this in Psalm 8: 3 – 5: When I look at your heavens…what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
Read the last part of that passage again. God has crowned us with glory and honor. This means all humans have intrinsic value and all humans deserve to be treated with respect.
To pick up a sensitive mantra in our day: Black lives matter. Honestly, that is a good statement, but God invites us to add more. Disabled lives matter. Unborn lives matter. Old lives matter. Muslim lives matter. Imprisoned lives matter. LGBT lives matter. Rich lives matter. In short, all lives matter. This isn’t to say that all people honor God with the lives they have been given, but it is to say that all people should be treated with dignity regardless of their race, class, ethnicity, actions, and beliefs.
As a culture we have forgotten this part of God’s story. The end result is that many people operate out of a “some lives matter more” mentality.
Granted, nobody says this out loud, but this mantra drives our culture. It is what motivates a couple to use abortive forms of birth control. The thinking is that it is fine to stop a fertilized egg from implantation because a life that small doesn’t matter as much. This mantra also drives the racism and white nationalism in our country. You simply cannot call Jesus King and believe that some people deserve preferential treatment. Finally, we see the “some lives matter more” mentality in the rampant use of pornography. You cannot participate in the ongoing exploitation of someone’s body without a seed of pride in your soul that says, “My personal pleasure is more important than honoring a person as an image bearer of God and fighting to see God’s image protected in men, women, and children.”
The prevalence of all these things in our culture points to the reality that we have forgotten a central part of God’s story: men and women, boys and girls, world walkers and womb dwellers are made in God’s image. We have all been crowned with honor and glory. So all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Genesis 1:26 – 27?
What can you do this Christmas to live out the reality that all people have been made in God’s image?