Although many of us believe that it’s impossible for us to compare biblical culture to the cultural norms of today, others of us respectfully disagree. There are huge differences to be sure. On the other hand, the foundation of humanity resides in God’s created cosmic universe, in his care, and through his love, grace, and mercy. God calls us humans to be the caretakers of the world, to administer his love, grace, and mercy to others, to be his witnesses throughout the world.
We are God’s image bearers—his agents for change—in the brokenness of the human race. Yet, in our inwardness, our psyche, our reality of who we are, we find dignity and depravity. The wholeness and brokenness we see around the world brings this paradoxical equation—dignity and depravity—to our organic existence. We cannot escape it. It is the fact of our human nature. People are not flawless, nor are they completely noxious. In biblical times humanity faced dignity and depravity just as we.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
During the next few weeks, we will explore the contradictions of society, the perplexities that come with relationships, the anxiety and abundance that comes from moving past our comfort zones, and the richness we find when we remain open-minded about people who are different from us. We will discover where the light that continually shines in the darkness of the world comes from and how to grab it for ourselves.
By discovering the habits, work ethics, desire to do good, and sufferings of certain biblical characters we will walk the cultural catwalk with curious minds and decide which characters from the Bible speak to our attention collection (those things that are important to us). We might even find that someone close to us (or ourselves) fits the personification of an individual we’ve become acquainted with through the course of the series.
I’m very excited to share the insights I gather as I research and record my findings. I will make one blog post in this series per week. That way, you can spend a bit of time reflecting on each post.
I pray you enjoy the posts as much as I know I will enjoy writing them.