2018-03-10 / Religion

Our equality is rooted in our creator

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. … There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. (Matthew 5:43–45 and Romans 2:9–11 ESV)

The Declaration of Independence for these United States says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” But, we aren’t equal in the sense that many want to define it. We don’t all have the same gifts and talents. We don’t have the same amount of resources from which to operate from. We’re not all equal physically.

Every person has equal worth in God’s sight, not in man’s sight. Concerning the Declaration of Independence, we know even the signers didn’t think people had equal worth. The signers were pretty clear that they thought the King of England was no better than they, but they also didn’t think every other person in the colonies were as good as they were. For example, non-landowners couldn’t vote, women couldn’t vote, slaves couldn’t vote, and, oh, wow, they protected chattel slavery through the law.

God is not like man. To God, everyone has immense value, and not because of ability or material worth.

Everyone is important because God made them. Embrace the simplicity of that! Proverbs 22:2 says, “The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.” (ESV)

If God made it and God is involved in it, there’s a true sense of sacredness about it, and that divinely defined and granted sacred nature means we cannot afford to treat another soul as less than what he or she actually is, which, to be blunt, is a creation of God, made in his image, and for his purposes and pleasure. When we forget that, we hurt one another, and we defy God.

We must recapture the sense of treating one another well.

We seem to have forgotten these things in this country. We seem to forget some big truths that lead us to mistreat one another regularly.

The good Lord sends rain and sunshine on good people and bad people, and every single person, regardless of cultural rank, will stand before the Lord on Judgment Day.

No one should appreciate the truth of God-granted equality more than believers. We, above all, should understand that a person’s worth is tied up in God as our creator. We should respect people because we respect God. That should affect how we treat everyone.

If it doesn’t, our theology is completely immature and we need some serious help. If we don’t respect every person, we must change.

Our enemies are made in God’s image, and we ought to treat them well. Democrats and Republicans are made in God’s image, and we ought to treat them well. Every race is made in God’s image, and we ought to treat them well. People of every religion are made in God’s image, and we ought to treat them well.

Does this mean we approve of everything? No, it means we love everyone.

Consider these simple thoughts, and, I urge, look up the verses and passages that expressly reveal these values: God shows no partiality; he has sent Jesus for all and he will judge all (ref. Acts 10:34-35, James 2:1, Romans 2:11). To be impartial is to exercise wisdom (James 3:17). To be partial is to exercise ungodliness (Jude 1:14-16). One could literally go and on and on.

If one listens to local restaurant, barbershop, and grocery store conversations, or if one tunes in to social media, it’s easy to see we are out of control with how we view and treat one another. I don’t know that I can do anything about those who don’t call on the name of the Lord, except be an example.

However, I can speak to the people of God, and the language is the Bible. Let’s get to living how we ought to be living, and treating people like God says to treat people.


I was made in God’s image. You were made in God’s image. The person who annoys you the most was made in God’s image. Respect God and let that transform how you treat everyone.

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