Imago Dei

Documented and undocumented immigration and racism affects us all. The simplistic, whitewashed and self-righteous phrase, “round them all up and send them back,” leads us to question, where? For instance; Do we send them (Mexican Immagrents) back to the lands in the southwest that the United States took from Mexico during the so-called Manifest Destiny campaign?

Who are the strangers in this land? The word of God reminds us:

“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.” Eph 2: 19-22 (MSG)   

The politicization of humans is not God’s plan. There is a Latin phrase, “Imago Dei” which means, All people are created in the image of God.” The love of God is the natural home of everyone. We are all sojourners. Is “sending them back” treating one another in the image of God? The Bible instructs us in the 13th chapter of Romans that:

All of you must be willing to obey completely those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God.Romans 13:1

How should this nation of laws manage the problem of immigrants who arrive in this country from their own nations, fueled by poverty and loss of resources and health care? The Declaration of Independence takes Imago Dei into consideration.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence, July 4th 1776

This quote was written ahead of its time and it is very relevant today. At the time of its signing, slavery was still allowed and women were not given the right to vote. Followers of Christ must place themselves on the right side of history (i.e., His Story). We must make sure institutional racism does not negate Imago Dei.

Kevin Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1

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