January 23, 2014
IF WE DIDN'T LOVE THEM WE WOULDN'T WANT THEM TO LIVE HEALTHIER LIVES:
Evangelical campaign says everyone -- even gays -- reflect God's image (Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Jan 23, 2014, RNS)
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2014 5:23 PMSix Christian leaders, including Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, "Touched by an Angel" star Roma Downey and her producer husband Mark Burnett, have created a coalition called "Imago Dei," Latin for "image of God," to encourage people to treat each other with respect."If we had the image of God in mind for every human being, we could change the world," said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, who is leading the cause. "I want Christians to not be known for what we oppose but for what we propose." [...]Rodriguez and Daly were included in a movement of religious leaders that created the Manhattan Declaration, a 2009 manifesto that emphasized protecting religious liberty and resisting abortion and gay marriage. The document included a section on the idea that humans bear the image of God."We shouldn't forget that the doctrine of Imago Dei necessarily leads to other commitments, especially as it relates to life, marriage and religious freedom," said Eric Teetsel, director of the Manhattan Declaration. "Christians have been emphasizing the Imago Dei for a long time. It's often fallen on deaf ears. If this movement causes people to hear it for the first time, that's a wonderful thing."