Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Way back at the beginning God said “Let’s make human beings in our image.” And then He did.
You have never met someone that was not lovingly created by the artistic, omnipotent, wise, all knowing, merciful, providential God.
If we are to exist in this world but not of this world then we should treat people in a way radically different than the world treats them. We should treat them the way that the Father treats us. Our relationships and interactions should abound with mercy and grace.
Sometimes the world is bad at love but good at hate.
The Living God is perfect love. You, Christian, can be good at love.
Don’t just love your family- love everyone. Love the waitress and the barista, love the cashier and the lawn guy, love the poor and the rich, love your boss and your neighbor, love your enemies. Love them all- the whole world.
We won’t be able to do the work of reconciliation that Christ calls us to if we don’t understand that every person we meet is of infinite worth and importance to the Lord. He has remembered them just as he has remembered you. So now you remember.
Go out into the world and remember the imago dei. Remember it for the life of the world.
This letter was part of a class project based on the movie “For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles.” The movie stars Evan Koons and is based on the book “For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy” by Alexander Schmemann. Throughout the movie, Evan writes letters to the church. He reminds them that their purpose is “for the life of the world.” This letter is a letter in the style of Evan’s letters. I encourage you to read the book and/or watch the movie.