“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” -Galatians 3:28
I believe, and we believe in this church, every human being deserves dignity. I believe that at the heart of Christianity is this idea that although there is war and there are all of these things that we face in life, at the heart of Christian behavior is this idea that every single human being deserves dignity. We need to be the people to dignify others. God does not like it when we mock others, when we shame others, when we demean others. God likes it and approves of it when we treat, as Jesus teaches us, even our enemies with love. And in a world filled with broken people, the church needs to try to put those people back together and to show them their worth. For we are all one in Jesus. When looking at the definition of dignify, the word means “to make (something) seem worthy and impressive.” In God’s eyes, all of his children are both worthy and impressive. I believe at the heart of the Ten Commandments is dignity: the right of every single person to live every day with choice, with liberty, to own property, to make their own decisions, to not be violated, and to be free to live their own life without molestation of other people. I believe at the heart of the Ten Commandments is actually freedom, believe it or not. That the heart of the Ten Commandments is to create a culture of dignity and liberty.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for dignifying me. Thank you for always believing that I am worthy, even when I feel like I’m not worthy of your grace. Please help me to dignify others and to show them that they are worthy of love and respect.
REFLECTION: How can I believe in my own dignity from God? What are some ways I can care for others and make them feel worthy?