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Saturday, May 20, 2006 

Perspective, Part II

It's all about image. No really, it is. The portrayal of ourselves to the world communicates. It translates. We get so wrapped up in wearing the right clothes to the presentation, or making sure that our hair falls in just the right place ,or even that our fingernails have been manicured just to the right amount that we sometimes forget what we really are trying to do. Business deals are won and lost on first impressions, television shows are canceled or picked up based on a single pilot episode. It is about image.

But that's alright, because there is something deeply and spiritually profound about image. Image is powerful and seductive. It is honest and compassionate. Image really is everything. The Scriptures put it this way - that humans are created in the image of God. Imago Dei - literally the image of God- is the way that the church has described humanity. Image really is everything because it is who we are - we are an image - a marred one perhaps, but an image none the less.

Perhaps we need to wipe off the fog on the mirror and take a closer look at what we are reflecting. After all, if we really are made in the image of God, then we should start acting like it.

that reminds me of this quote from oscar romero...and he relates your idea to justice-seeking...
here we go...

"there is no dichotomy between man and God's image.
whoever tortures a human being,
whoever abuses a human being,
whoever outrages a human being,
abuses God's image;
and the church takes as its own that cross, that martyrdom."

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