Imago Dei for Racism but not Unborn babies or Sexuality?

In the name of social justice and equitably treating all people as all are imago dei (image of God), the reformed evangelicals have largely criticized the president. In some sense, he needs to be reprimanded, but there seems to be an eerie silence on imago dei issues like killing the unborn lives, calling the abomination as the way to go in society and calling a man as a woman on the other side of the political party. Case in point, this article just published in the Gospel Coalition, like most others essentially sided with one side tending towards emphasizing the racism for the nonwhites and lack of empathy for the illegal immigrants and the like. How Christians Can Prepare for the 2020 Election

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why are the 3 noble points of the very social fabrics of any society to be godly never get published by them! What are the three important points?

I just signed Manhattan Declaration among the 550,000 Christians who signed including many evangelical leaders Timothy Keller Ligon Duncan etc. If you haven’t signed, no reason not to sign. This has to be weighed carefully in the Election 2020, and not just on imago dei on skin color, but also imago dei on : Manhattan Declaration

Sanctity of Life

Sanctity of life deals with the unborn babies are human life that need to be honored and respected, anyone doubting that can just take a look at the many videos showing the unborn babies, or fetus, moving in their mums’’ wombs. Any abortion, some are even stretched and pushed to be legalized by some party to be as late as 9 weeks abortion! That’s inhuman, when you read stories of the shrieking sound, as these fetuses are killed and dumped. Enough horror stories. No, the Planned Family even collects these parts and sell them, as recorded in some news. Horror! Many evangelicals call it as murder. We await the Supreme Court to review this soon, God willing. So how on earth can any Christian honestly touching their hearts go and endorse candidates that do that?? Is there any moral values at all? Even non-Christians , a lot of them, will say that’s immoral! I think Muslims, Judaism, Buddhists will definitely endorse on pro-life side, let alone Christians! Catholics church have been vocal against abortion, but take another look, most of the candidates including the Presidential candidate this November 2020 are all Catholics and all pushing for abortion, calling pro-choice, respecting the women. Non one can beat the ingenuity of choice words to justify their actions as in America, seriously, one can relabel murder of babies to honoring choice of women and protecting the health of women.

Dignity of Marriage

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Marriage is the first institution of human society – indeed it is the institution on which all other human institutions have their foundation.[1]

Genesis 2:18 (ESV) 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

It all started with God noticing that it’s not good for the man to be alone. And God decided he will make God a helper fit for him. You see that God noticed it and said that. God said it’s not good for Adam to be alone, so He made a woman out of Adam’s rib, and breathed into her, to give her life. And God handed Eve to Adam to be his wife, his helper. That’s how the marriage institution is instituted from history, as the first couple. The union of a man with a woman, that’s how God started and created the man and woman for that purpose. So to change that definition is going against God’s purpose. So marriage as God instituted is between a man and a woman.

The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:23-24

This is a profound mystery-but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:32-33

Religious Liberty

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1

Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s. Matthew 22:21

The struggle for religious liberty across the centuries has been long and arduous. Religious liberty is not a novel idea or recent development, but is grounded in the character of God Himself, the God who is most fully known in the life and work of Jesus Christ. Determined to follow Jesus faithfully in life and death, the early Christians appealed to the manner in which the Incarnation had taken place: “Did God send Christ, as some suppose, as a tyrant brandishing fear and terror? Not so, but in gentleness and meekness…, for compulsion is no attribute of God” (Epistle to Diognetus 7.3-4). Thus the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the example of Christ Himself and in the very dignity of the human person created in the image of God-a dignity, as our founders proclaimed, inherent in every human, and knowable by all in the exercise of right reason.[2]

Going back to the earliest days of the church, Christians have refused to compromise their proclamation of the gospel. In Acts 4, Peter and John were ordered to stop preaching. Their answer was, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Through the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required. [3]

Conclusion

As Dr Duncan mentioned, “I think we need to be “equal opportunity offenders” and say things uncomfortable both to the political left and right. Life is obviously a fundamental issue. This is one reason I signed the Manhattan Declaration.”

As we approach Presidential Election 2020 in November , the imago dei of unborn children and marriage between a man and a woman are our top thoughts as imago dei in racism issues. The Lord grants you wisdom in this election.


[1] Manhattan Declaration, 2009. The Bible teaches us that marriage is a central part of God’s creation covenant. Indeed, the union of husband and wife mirrors the bond between Christ and his church. And so just as Christ was willing, out of love, to give Himself up for the church in a complete sacrifice, we are willing, lovingly, to make whatever sacrifices are required of us for the sake of the inestimable treasure that is marriage.

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

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