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Friday, January 24, 2014

Imago Dei: Propose trumps oppose

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Staunch doctrines can divide as well as unite.  When the dividing becomes more than the uniting, it's time to concentrate
upon what Genesis states we all have in common: Imago Dei ("Image of God").

Elizabeth Dias points out in TIME that Imago Dei includes everyone:  gays, liberals, unbelievers, the rich, "and most importantly, the people with whom you do not agree."

The concomitant to such thinking would be that everyone gets treated with respect and love.  Members of the Imago Dei Campaign, "a new movement of prominent evangelical groups," therefore pledge to do just that.

This new evangelical movement includes top representation from the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Focus on the Family, Liberty University and The Bible Series.  The movement was launched on Martin Luther King Day in order to emphasize the link
between "the Biblical message and justice…"

James Daly, president of Focus on the Family, explained that all too many repeat the saying "Hate the sin, love the sinner" while still acting hatefully towards others.  Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Jr., president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, added that "too often evangelicals in the United States have become known for what they oppose, and not for what they propose…"


Copyright January 24, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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