God’s Image is Diverse
God created humans in His diverse image. Therefore, God’s image is comprised of the unique colors and features in all people on earth. (White, black, brown, every ethnicity and each gender).
“There is [now no distinction in regard to salvation] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you [who believe] are all one in Christ Jesus [no one can claim a spiritual superiority].” Galatians 3:28 (AMP)
In Christ we are Image Bearers
I don’t believe I’ve experienced a more divided people than right now in the United States of America. Divided by opinion over policy and party. Divided in and within ethnicity, character, morality, and whether to respect people who think and look differently, including among Christians.
In some places, (as observed via mainstream and social media) the division has become so extreme its beginning to resemble gangism. But we who claim to be Christian, are image bearers of our Creator before we are anything else.
Christians who are black, white, brown, female, male, liberal, and conservative have committed to take on the mind of Christ. Committed to bearing His diverse image. In doing so, Christians are of one mindset. His mindset. We do not use God’s image to our advantage over others. God’s word says…
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:5-8 (NIV)
How does God want you to represent His diverse image among Christians and non-Christians? Whose image do you want people to see when they observe you? From what mindset will you respond to conflict?”
Joy In Conflict
God spoke this message into my heart through many of you! I’ve read your posts on social media, in our online community, heard it in conversations we’ve had, through pastors’ messages you’ve sent, and through guest interviews on our Christian Coffee Talk Podcast.
One podcast, in particular, spoke new life into what I see as dying hope. Many Christians feel personally impacted by the extreme division and conflict in our nation. But we can find hope and even joy in our conflict. What?
During my conversation with Thought Leader and Christian Media Veteran, Joe Battaglia, God’s message was confirmed! Experiencing the Power, Hope, and Purpose of Christ in diversity starts by engaging in true community as it was exemplified by Christ on earth. It starts with embracing and reflecting God’s image as our own.
Host Brandee Nielsen asked Joe Battaglia, “is it even possible to experience joy in conflict?” This episode explores the possibility that it may be the very conflict between two people that brings them together. You can listen to our discussion by clicking on Episode 65, titled “Joy in Conflict with Joe Battaglia”, on the Christian Coffee Talk Podcast.
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