So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27)
Firstly, we say that, as humans, we are made in God’s image. Surely, amongst many other things, this verse attests to the basic goodness of each person. For each of us this attests, despite our feelings on any given day, that “I am created in God’s image’. The verse also speaks of how men and women are created in God’s image. Women and men have not, nor never will be, the same. But the power and import of this ancient passage seems to have ‘lost out’ for many centuries in any battle against cultural forces. As people of faith, we need to affirm the goodness and dignity of each person.
Our task is to ensure that young people hear the message that each of them are good and that we continue to affirm that message by our dealings with them.
Have a great week!