In my piece on Thursday night, I discussed why the doctrine of imago dei makes racism morally reprehensible. It is also the doctrine that provides a basis as to why murder is wrong. We have our intrinsic value because we are created in God’s image, regardless of race or ethnicity.
This sounds great when one is trying to make the case for the value of life in weak and marginalized groups in a society. The imago dei is the basis for law and order concerning how we humans are to interact with one another, and for all social justice. It is a fundamental part of the Christian worldview.
One of the ironies I have noticed is that some of the loudest crusaders for any of the #________LivesMatter movements hold to something of a secular evolutionary worldview. This view states that we are more or less accidental; through a series of random events the universe was formed, then earth, then life, and on down the chain to humanity. In this framework, the ultimate good is simply to survive to pass on one’s genes to the next generation. There is no imago dei in secular evolution, because there is no God and there is no creation in His image. To my secular evolutionist friends who are also campaigning for social justice, I would like to ask you a question: On what basis does life derive value? Or, to put it another way, how can you justify that #_________LivesMatter in your worldview without borrowing from mine?
Think about it. If we are but accidents, and our highest and best purpose is to survive and reproduce, then as long as we are not the ones dying, the death of others should not bother us. If anything, it reduces competition in the gene pool and increases the probability that our genes will become dominant.
And yet, hardly anyone thinks that way. You see, my secular evolutionist friends, and I mean this with the utmost respect, you are inconsistent. Because you want moral values to exist, but there is nothing in your worldview that allows for that. You want to do good and help others, but your worldview insists that you should be selfish. To some extent, you want moral absolutes, but your worldview can give you relativism at best, and when followed through to its logical conclusion, it yields anarchy.
So, you are forced to borrow from my (Christian) worldview. I’m not surprised, because the Bible talks about you.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:18-20
Despite your lack of belief in God, He has written His law on your heart, and there is a part of you that wants to uphold it. This is why you believe that it is wrong to lie, cheat, steal, and kill, and this is why we feel guilty when we do and angry when we see others doing these things. But you are suppressing that truth you have been given, choosing instead to subscribe to secular evolution. And to do so is to incur God’s wrath, as He will hold you accountable for your sin, even your sin of unbelief.
Perhaps, my secular evolutionist friends, since you are already borrowing from my worldview, perhaps you should take another look at my God. Because of our sin, our failure to uphold this law, we incur wrath, but there is grace. Later in Romans we read,
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 ESV
The wrath of God revealed to us is eternal punishment, but Jesus died to pay the penalty. Thus, to repent of (admit before God our wrongdoing and turn away from) our sin and trust in Jesus as Savior (the one who has saved us from our sin) and Lord (the one in ultimate authority over our lives) is to be forgiven of that penalty.
And it is then that our worldview can be consistent. We can advocate for this cause, because we believe the imago dei and the intrinsic value of human life. It is then that we can realize that, in Christ, we are one people without racial or social distinctions. It is then that we can say black, blue, all and any lives matter. ♦