The Imago Dei, 1-15-15

May 18, 2016 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

Tags: Life at the Cross

You are his chosen people, Royal priests. You are a holy nation, people who belong to God. He has chosen you to tell about the wonderful things He has done. He has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

"The founding fathers were influenced by the bible, the concept of the Imago Dei (The Image of God) is the idea that every single human being has something within them that God injected with an ability to have fellowship with God and this gives them a uniqueness, a worth, a dignity, and we must never forget this as a nation."

"There was a time when the church was very powerful--in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for Christ and what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the morals of society....These early Christians were small in number, they were big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be "intimidated." By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as, abortion, infanticide and gladiatorial contests. Things are much different now....and the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, we will lose our authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust."

jonathan167The above quote could have been communicated in 2015, it was actually written on April 16th, 1963 by Martin Luther King in the Birmingham Jail. He was appealing to the Christian Church to go deeper into their understanding of Christianity. His example was the early Church, and how their witness electrified the Roman Empire. Today's church can still capture the sacrificial spirit and the Apostle Peter's words still ring true today: "God has chosen you to tell about the wonderful things He has done. He has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light."

We are made in the Image of God, as the Poet once said, "We are here, life exists, we have and identity; and the powerful play goes on, and you and I may contribute a verse."

Glorify God and enjoying Him forever,


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