In our society many hold a wrong view with regard to themselves. There are those who have too high a view of themselves. They live for themselves and consider themselves as the judge of their own morality. Likewise, we meet those who have little or no regard for themselves and therefore have little or no hope that they can be of any worth or consequence. The first group of people may be considered as proud and arrogant. The second, as broken and lacking hope.
However, as we read the ‘big story’ of the Bible we start to discover the truth. Scripture clearly teaches that every one, irrespective of creed, colour, orientation or disposition has intrinsic worth in that all have been created by God in his own image. Furthermore, we also find that each and every one of us is fundamentally flawed and has been marred by the consequence of sin. Therefore, all are in need of God’s grace to regenerate and restore.
Although it is important that we ‘Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves’ (Ro 12:3). It is equally important that we apply the same principles to others. That is of course easier said than done. Why? Because in doing so we must see that the terrorist and child-abuser as created in the image of God, as well as seeing the humanitarian and philanthropist as in need of his grace!
With that in mind, it’s no wonder that many find the Gospel deeply offensive. Think about it!