Jun 12, 2017

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Made in the image of God

Made in the image of God

In Colossians, St Paul speaks about Jesus as “the image of the invisible God” and “the first-born of all creation”. It is into this image in which all human beings were made as part of the Creation, according to Genesis 1.

Perhaps we cannot fully understand or grasp this mystery. We have not sufficiently been taught to bow to that image in each other.

We were created very good.

The person we despise most, whom we have made into an enemy, was made in the image of the invisible God, fearfully and wonderfully made. The person we regard as the “other” from whom we so often receive neighbourly love without that person even knowing it, or us acknowledging it, that person is made in the image of God.

For example, other Africans received South Africans into their countries and homes over many years, and yet today some us despise these very people.

What has gone wrong, and how do we return to our creation in the image of God?

In a world where arms-dealers trade in arms with impunity, knowing very well that these arms will be used to destroy this creature made in the image of God, to just say that all people have been created in the image of the invisible God, is a revolutionary act.

To not say it or affirm it, is to become part of an amoral world, where money and revenge and enemy-creation are more important than people.

Many of us have lost this deep sense of humanity and subsequently also of God, who has created us in love and for love.

It is time to return to this and to return to this God. We have made idols out of many things and created gods in our own other-ing and enemy-creating images.

There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out all fear, and because the other is our enemy, we have come to fear and not to love.

But love changes everything.

To see the divine image of love in each person, is to affirm that we were created for love and not for fear.

May God’s Holy Spirit breath on us yet again so that our humanity may once again be renewed, refreshed, revitalised and re-animated.

– Edwin Arrison

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