St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
So God created God in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he
created them. Genesis 1:27
What is the truth of who we are as human beings? Today’s verse tells us the most important thing we
have to know: we were created in God’s image. We are made for truth – to know it, speak it, honor it –
because God is truth and we are created in his image. However we view creation and evolution, one thing can be affirmed: we have the essence of God within us-- a God-spark, a God-light, a God-life-force that enables us to conceive of God in the first place. We are made for truth because God is truth, just as we are made for love because God is love. Part of our truth as human beings is that we are amazingly diverse. We each have strengths, weaknesses, talents, limitations. We’re capable of feeling love and hate. We laugh, cry, hope, and fear. Like crystal prisms reflecting the sunlight, there are thousands of dimensions to our physical natures, to our personalities, and to God’s spirit within us. Our truth is that we are God’s creation-- we in him and he in us; and God’s creation – each of us – is wonderful in his sight. Because truth is embedded in us, falsehood is poisonous to us. It puts a distance between us and God, between us and the ‘better angels’ of our own natures. The need for truth is as much a part of us as our bodies, minds, and souls.
© Carol Dean Henn 2018