I have not posted in a while and I'm going to explain what has been going on and something that really has come the forefront of my mind.
I've signed up to be part of the 2017/2018 cohort of Colson Fellows. Chuck Colson was a special counsel for Nixon's White House and got caught up in Watergate. He pled guilty to obstruction of Justice and was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Through this period in his life Chuck found God. He instantly turned from a man who was solely interested in driving life his way, to surrendering his life to God. Having a spell at prison also gave him time to dig in and really put his faith on a good foundation. When he got out of prison he founded Colson Prison ministries and that ministry started small, but is now operating in more than 60 countries.
Chuck also wanted to know why the prison population is growing so fast so he founded the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. This is the 13th year that this ministry has sponsored a class of fellows who are looking to dig deep into Christian Worldview. That is something that. That is what I am digging into.
So far, it has been amazing.
Part of what I've been asked to do is to read 19 different books, talk about them, engage in twice monthly webinars, engage in the Bible with a daily devotional, watch videos, engage with my peers. It has been busy, but has been incredibly rewarding.
But what has been made epically obvious is that we don't understand the implications of being made in the image of God.
We are created. We did not "evolve" from the primordial ooze. We are not higher function apes. We are human beings, created as human beings, living as human beings, and we can thank our creator for that. Who is that creator, why almighty God himself. He fashioned us from the dust and breathed life into us. If you have a problem with that, then I would ask you to take a hard look at the foundation of your faith.
It goes deeper than that. If we are made in God's image, that says something about each and every one of us. With that fact comes a special dignity. For those of us with shame and body appearance issues, doesn't it feel good that God made us that way. People may see something less than dignified in us, but we are created from God in His image, we have something special because of that. If you are depressed, meditate on that for a moment.
Think about it from another angle. Have you ever walked down a sidewalk and saw somebody panhandling. They are dirty, need a bath, need a shave, need some new clothes, and we ignore them or sneer at them and walk away. I'm not accusing you of anything I haven't done or said myself. But, when we consider the image of God, the Imago Dei, is that how we should react? Or should we assume a certain dignity on that person regardless of their circumstances? Not only that panhandler, but the unborn and unwanted fetus is also made in the image of God. So is the white supremacist. So is the mass murderer on death row. So is the senior citizen who can no longer recognize their own children.
We need to understand the gift that God has given us just by making us in his image. We are dignified. You are dignified. You are special. Each human life is important, special, and has purpose.
You matter. So does everyone else.