Thursday, June 4, 2015
The Image of God
With all the discussion about Bruce Jenner, the former Olympic athlete, I really found the whole debate odd. Is he a messed up guy? Yes. Evidently he was in Playgirl magazine way back when. He has been married a few times and, his Kardashian family is not known for chaste and holy living.
What shocks me is how the debate over his hormone and surgical alterations has centered on whether or not he looks good dressed up as a woman. Or, whether or not he's truly a supporter of the LGBT community!
None of that matters.
In fact, no one should be looking at Bruce Jenner and rendering judgment as if we, too, are not broken, fallen and in need of God's grace. In keeping with our nosy, gossip-driven culture, Bruce, the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, etc. are just popular examples of the fact that our world, our human race is corrupt! Their ludicrous behavior, the hurt they cause to one another, the ghastly tabloid coverage of what appears to be a virtual freak-show of humanity, and the lurid interest that society devotes to it, points to our need for new life and a renewal of our minds.
Genesis tells us that we were created in the image of God. But, after Adam chose to sin, choosing to eat the forbidden fruit with his wife rather than stand in obedience to God, that image was twisted. What was pure and good became broken, needing repair.
It is this brokenness that TMZ reports on for our culture's entertainment. It's our brokenness that finds pleasure in measuring how much worse everyone else is compared to us.
In all of this, there is only one question that needs to be answered: Does Bruce Jenner's life, his choices, actions and words, bring glory to God? Does he bring honor to the one in whose image he has been created?
This is the same question Vanity Fair editors need to answer. It's the same question you and I need to answer.