Honoring Jensi’s desire to know more of the Bible’s story of inclusion, her pastor said, “Let’s begin with the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1. Verse 27 says, ‘God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them.’ That doesn’t mean that if we look in a mirror we see something of God, but it does mean there is some trait each of us shares with God. It’s a somewhat mysterious verse, and I don’t know exactly what it means. But I think it has something to do with relationship. We are created for relationship with God and with other people. And I think that means we are to look for the common humanity we share, even though there be many differences among us.
“I suppose it’s natural that when we hear the story of Adam and Eve, we picture people pretty much like ourselves. Because I’m white, I tend to see Adam as white. But I try to picture him with another skin pigmentation: black, or brown, or yellow, or red. I try to picture him with facial features common not to my own neck of the woods, but to places far from where I live. Because the story of Adam is the story of everyone. Every person, whatever their nationality or ethnicity, is created in God’s image. I think that means we are created to be in compassionate relationship with one another. So in the first chapter of the Bible, we learn that we are to welcome one another, for there is something of God in each of us.”
Father in heaven, help us to see your image in one another. Amen