Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 18, 2020
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
Growing up, I spent little to no time thinking about the Holy Trinity. Yes, I prayed to God as Father. I did my best to live by the life and witness of Jesus. And though I wasn’t quite as clear or confident on how the Holy Spirit fit into the equation, I knew he was also a significant part of how I related to God day in and day out. Yet all three as Trinity, a perfect communion of love that has no beginning or end? That was better left to the theologians and philosophers!
If we’re honest, I believe this is not simply a childish vision but instead sums up the way most of us live and relate to God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Yet if we believe the Holy Trinity is confined to seminary classrooms or books of systematic theology, we will miss something profound about our world and our place within it! Especially as our country in recent weeks has been reminded yet again of systemic racism, injustice, and violence towards our African American brothers and sisters, we need a trinitarian vision of life more than ever before.
Let me say that again. I believe a renewed vision of God as Trinity is the only way we can truly begin to heal the racial and social wounds that plague our country. Why? Because the Trinity reminds us who God is, and therefore what it truly means to be made in God’s image. If God is a community of persons, each one distinct yet fully equal, it shows us that our diversity – of race, culture, and gender – is not to be dismissed or ignored but is to be celebrated as a picture of God himself. This unity within diversity is seen in the very first chapter of the bible! When God created human kind in his own image, he immediately gave expression to diverse equality, “male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).
Diversity and equality are not simply modern American values but are windows into the eternal life of God. When you and I celebrate and dignify voices and cultures that are different than our own, we open our hearts and lives to the other, and we slowly begin to learn what it truly means to bear the image of God.
Holy Trinity, remind us daily of your unity in diversity, that we might learn to reflect the same in our daily lives. Amen.
How can you take a step today towards someone who is different than you, celebrating your equality while learning from and listening to their experience?
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