Acts 17:28 – For "in him we live and move and have our being"; as even some of your own poets have said, "For we too are his offspring."
Genesis asserts that human beings enjoy a special relationship to the Creator because we are created in the likeness of God and blessed. Elizabeth Achtemeier says:
- Surely that fact should be emphasized, for in our time there are many who try to make us less than we are. Bureaucrats repeatedly try to turn us into nothing more than statistics. For advertisers we can be only targeted consumers. The military reckons our humanity in the grisly figures of 'body counts' and 'acceptable losses.' Medicine can view us as collections of cells, with DNA to be manipulated. We ourselves, on the other hand, often define our relatives and friends by what they do in their jobs – as engineers, housewives, salespersons, lawyers – and when they can no longer work, we relegate them to the status of 'useless.'
To the doctrine of creation with all its high sounding language and great affirmations must be added the comments of a street kid who got it right the first time: "God made me and God don't make no junk".
Prayer: Help us to see you in our friends and family, in those near at hand and those separated by all the world can place between us. Amen.