Whose Image?

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In church on Sunday we sang the song, “Spirit of the Living God” and in the song we sang these words to God, “melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.”  I think this is a powerful song and a very bold prayer to lift up to God.  I think this is not just a bold prayer, but this is crucial for us to be able to experience life to the fullest in Jesus.  This powerful song gives us the image of a potter molding their clay into the exact shape that they desired to create, with God being the potter and us being the clay.  God the Father molding us into the likeness of his son Jesus Christ.

Yet, as I thought about us being formed into the image of Jesus I reflected on how many times instead we try to form God into our image.  Not only that many times we try to form God into the image of our great and powerful nations, such as in the nation I live in many people try to form Jesus to look just like the American way.  As Pastor Brian Zahnd says, “Great and powerful nations project God as a personification of their own national interests.  And for the most part, they don’t know they are doing it.  This is not to say that everything great and powerful nations do is evil-far from it.  They maintain order, provide security, produce industry, maintain civility, educate the populace, preserve culture, and so on.  But neither are they to be confused with the kingdom of Christ.  And neither can they claim that the God revealed in the crucified and risen Christ is their God, committed to their interests!  No! There are no “Christian nations” in the political sense.” (Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd).

When we begin to think that God looks exactly like us in the way God thinks, the things God likes, the things God hates then we have to ask ourselves have we made God in our image or are we being made in the image of God?


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