You Were Made in the Image of God – That is Who You Are
07 Saturday Jan 2017
I recently listened to a podcast in which Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason interviewed Rosaria Butterfield, a “former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, converted to Christ in 1999,” to quote from her website. She lived in a lesbian relationship and was an LGBT activist prior to accepting Jesus.
Rosaria spoke in the interview of the fact that we are all created in the image of God. That is the foundation of our identity. People who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual speak of themselves as being a lesbian, gay, or bisexual, when in fact they are a person created in God’s image. Their sexual behavior is just that – a behavior.
In the podcast interview, both Greg and Rosaria used the term “LGBT community.” I cringe whenever I hear that term, especially when used by Christians. While I understand that people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual often have loving, supportive relationships with others who behave in the same manner, I believe that the term lends a false legitimacy to homosexual and bisexual behavior and should not be used, especially by Christians.
No one speaks of an “adulterers community” or “murderers community.” While using such terms would be ridiculous, adultery and murder are just two more examples of sins along with those of homosexuality and bisexuality.
People who identify as homosexual or bisexual are just sinners, as are you and I. I exhibit sinful behaviors other than homosexuality but don’t attempt to legitimize those behaviors by banding together with others who struggle with the same sins. Of course, the difference here is that people who engage in lesbian, gay, or bisexual behavior see that as their identity (it isn’t). They also believe that they were born that way and have no choice in the matter. The fact is that it doesn’t really matter whether they were born that way – they (and you and I) still have a responsibility to behave in a manner that pleases God, and that doesn’t include any sin.
No matter how we choose to identify ourselves, no matter what sins we struggle against, no matter how we feel, our identify comes from the fact that we are made in God’s image. To me, that means that at our core, we resemble God. Of course, we are not sinless, omnipotent, omnipresent, etc., but we do have an eternal spirit. We also have the capacity to relate to God and other people.
Let’s love and encourage one another as we try to live lives that are pleasing to Him. And that love needs to extend to those who do not yet understand that we derive our identity from the One who created us in His image.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
– Genesis 1:27