John 3:16 and the worth of an individual.
One of the benefits of technology is the ability for many jobs and professions to be executed from just about any place. At least any place that has an internet connection.
This was true of my previous “full time” position. It is equally true of my “present” full time vocation. Because of this I try to “get out of the office” and make the office portable. Being one that enjoys the wonderful God created gift called coffee, the local coffee establishment is a great place to be portable.
Sometimes coffee shops are not as busy as early a.m. When the establishment is not that busy it is quiet. At least quiet enough so that it is difficult not to eves drop in on the conversations going on around you. Listening to the friendly banter opens you up to what people really think about matters of life, living, and other wonderful mysteries of the human condition.
Recently I, (unintentionally) overheard a conversation about what the person wanted to happen if they were no longer able to enjoy the same level what is called the “quality of life”. Basically, the comment was once I turn to such and such of an age, and I’m no longer able to care for myself, then just help me end my life.
Needless to say, as a minister of the gospel, and as one coming from a Christ centered world view, I was taken back a bit. While this was banter, the concepts shared revealed a world view that is contrary to truth. The truth is, all humanity is of inestimable worth. The worth is bound to us, indeed attached to us, because humans are created in the very image of God.
But, alas, in this ever increasing Godless culture, the nonchalant statement that it would be better not to live, if one was dependent on another is really not so nonchalant after all. The person who uttered these words certainly has thought about life, what it means to be human, and outside of a biblical world view has bought into what culture has offered, life not lived on your own terms, with a body that allows you to do what you want when you want is simply not a life worth living at all.
John 3:16 is well known. Indeed, it is the very heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, it also reminds us that it was God’s love for people that brought about the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The “so” in this verse is not a statement of how much God loved us. It, means God “demonstrated” His love, and by that demonstration we see His understanding of the of human beings. They are worth saving no matter what their lot in life is. Humans are the highest form of creation. God did not send Jesus for plants or animals. He sent Jesus to humanity. Humanity is valuable and its value is because it is humanity and humanity bears the image of God. It is not a matter of function or contribution.
As Christians we have our work cut out for us. Let us listen to the conversations that are in earshot of us. It will give us a starting place for presenting the most amazing piece of news imaginable. Jesus died for sinners. And as Paul stated, (and I identify) and am chief among them. And because of Jesus a new life, yes even a new world view, becomes not only a potential, but a reality.