Those who have been following my blog know by now that I am not a bible-thumper. To me the “good book” has some very good parts; others, not so much.
But in the United States, whether on the left, center or right of the political spectrum, a majority of people profess to be Christian. And considering the animosity that both fringes have toward each other I sometimes wonder, not whether they have read the entire Bible, because I am sure that most of them have not, but whether they have even read Genesis, the first book.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Genesis1:27-28)
Now let me put that into perspective. Suppose that on the entire earth only one person was made in the image of God. If you were to meet that person, how would you treat him? I am sure that you would look at that person differently from the way you would look at an ordinary, non-imaged person. At the very least, you would probably treat that person with much more respect than you would treat anyone else.
But Genesis says that God created man[kind] in his own image. Not just Adam and Eve, but mankind. So if you would treat a single God-imaged person with respect, then it follows that everyone, male, female, black, white, rich, poor, Christian, Jew, liberal, conservative . . . is to be treated with respect. And this implies, no, it demands, that every member of mankind, should be treated equally.
I realize that this is a bitter pill to swallow, particularly for politicians. Whether you follow the mandates of the tea party or the labor unions, it’s OK to disagree with the other side, but your Bible says you must treat them with respect. Name-calling and otherwise denigrating them is not respect.
And all your constituents must be considered equals – you cannot favor the rich over the poor, or the straights over the gays, or the CEOs over the workers. They are all created in God’s image.
It does not matter how much lip service you give to the Bible, or how regularly you attend church, or how much you donate to charity – every act of disrespect or inequality you commit toward any of God’s children is pure hypocrisy.
It’s in the book.