With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
In a recent webinar on the issue of the church’s relationship to refugees, Hanibal Rodriguez of Wheaton Bible Church spoke of the disconnect many Christians have between the “idea” of the image of God being stamped on all human beings and actually “seeing” the image of God in them–especially those who are markedly different from themselves racially, ethnically, economically–and especially religiously. This separation of theology from practice can lead us into the dehumanizing treatment of others (cursing them). On the other hand, actually “seeing” God’s image in others will lead us toward compassion, humility, and justice.
Questions For Reflection
When have you found yourself failing to “see” the image of God in others? What have been the consequences of that failure?
How can you improve your ability to “see”?