An Open Letter To Young People
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.
Genesis 1:27 (ESV)
Dear young people,
I am writing you because I am just heartbroken at the world we are leaving you. I can't even begin to understand the struggle it must be for you to find your place in this world. We have pulled the philosophical and theological rugs out from under you, and then we act stunned when we find you hopeless and drifting in the sea without a shore. We have led a generation into the dark of night, and extinguished the torches that mark the trail. Please allow me to offer you light to way.
You have been created in the very image of God. Your value and worth is infinite, because God is infinite. In your search for meaning and identity, it is vital that you start here. Your worth is not at all connected to anything external. It has nothing to do what you do, or how smart you are. It doesn't even matter if you are really attractive or if you have great big ears like me. Your value is found in the thumb prints of your Creator, left as He fashioned you in His image.
If you let this idea soak in, then it should rock your worldview. The freaks and geeks, every school has them, they are created in the image of God too. Your teacher, bus driver, and the lunch lady, they are all created in the image of God. In a weird way, how we treat others is connected to our worship of God. The value we find in individuals is found in the fact that they are image bearers of God. Violence, hate, injustice are unacceptable, because they dishonor the image of our creator in others.
We could outlaw every weapon of violence, and it would never get to the root of our problem. Can you imagine the change we could bring to our world, if we lived this reality? What if we chose to see the image of God in the people around us? What if we saw the image of God in our enemies? Why don't we give it a shot!