My sermon series (find Sister Bay Moravian Church on YouTube) grew out of the poem “The Great Realisation” by Tom Roberts. The poem tells the story of why hindsight is always 2020. Told as a child’s tale, the story begins BEFORE the virus and leads us to the other side.
A simple couplet captures so much about how we perceive ourselves and the inherent vanity of the first world.
And the children’s eyes got squarer and every toddler had a phone.
They filtered out the imperfections but amidst the noise, they felt alone.
We’ve equipped children with the means to alter their worldview through cameras, phones, apps upon apps upon apps. My generic Microsoft picture software has a “spot fix” feature. It simply mixes pixels together to cover up the imperfection. The imperfection remains. If you look closely enough, the software multiplies the imperfection by blending like pixels. We assume the computer knows what imperfection we want erased.
Most of us have a healthy, but suspect self-image. Many of us see ourselves for who we really are with no delusions or illusions. Some see themselves without the blemishes, scars, and imperfections that mark us inside and out. Some only see the blemishes, scars, and imperfections. Most of us see the reality, but shade toward modesty.
On the sixth day of the first Genesis account of Creation, God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness…so God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’
First…let US…what’s that all about. God is plural?
I find it reassuring that we, that I, that you, bear the image of our Creator. Imagine how different we are yet we all bear the image of God. With our technology and our apps upon apps upon apps, I believe we have tried to cover up that image, distort it, filter out the God part and replace it with something far more human.
What is that image of God? How do we resemble our Creator and take our rightful place as the Created?
I would offer we were made in the cross shaped image of God. I have a book on my shelf, “Cross-Shaped Leadership”. It’s a horrible book. Don’t buy it. The title sold me.
God has created us in the image of great love and great sacrifice. Great love and great sacrifice define the heart of God. Great love and great sacrifice must therefore define us…in all ways…at all times. Love and sacrifice come as a call for inclusion.
We desperately want to ‘spot fix’ each other. We want to make other people, other races, other nations, other orientations in OUR image. Spotfixxing only messes things up worse. In the end, ALL things bear the image of great love and great sacrifice. The only question will be, “Did you or did you not love and sacrifice greatly?”
I love you—the way you are.
I need you—the way you are.
I hope for you—the way you are.
Please be safe.