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Chris Pollock

Chris Pollock - web developer & ecommerce entrepreneur
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babies, the elderly and the imago dei

Babies and the elderly are two groups of people to really challenge our ability to build the grandiose idols of self-fulfillment.  They (babies and elderly) wreck our day and wreck our plans for the future.  And the beautiful thing is, I think that is part of God's design in his order of birth and death. 

Jesus rebuked those who marginalized children, even when they were the closest to him (see Luke 18:15-17).  James, the brother of Jesus, and Paul, the apostle went so far as to say the trueness of ones religion depended upon how they treated "widows and orphans" (see James 1:26,27 and 1 Timothy 5:4).   

I have come to believe that the image of God is not so much a substance that is in you as much as a something that reflects off of you when you relate to other people.  The image that reflects off of many people (including myself) when they relate to the weak and the helpless is their god's of convenience and self-fullness. 

The image of God helps me to understand the purpose of people who are not "functional" in the normal workings of our society.  Without this meta-narrative (over arching story) to interpret the weak and the helpless, it is easy to see them as "optional" or a "problem to be solved".  I do not believe this is how the Lord Jesus would have us receive such people.  Not as obstacles, but rather as gifts that provide the substance of our hearts to be reveled for what it is (for good or for ill).   

The frightening prospect of this belief is that our hearts to get revealed, the comfort is that they can be changed. 

When you see who you are in the image of your relationship to the weak and helpless.. remember to present yourself to God, who is able to transform that broken image into a shining reflection of Jesus. 

  • http://feralpastor.blogspot.com/ Tim Thompson

    Hey, Chris –

    I just bumped into your blog from a link in the Corum Dei group and your comment above about the image of God really caught my attention. I love the way you've formulated it because it makes the image something that doesn't even properly exist outside of a relationship of three: the one who sees the image, the one who reflects it, and the one who casts it. Obviously that's nicely Trinitarian, but I especially like the way it makes the image something shared by humans in relationship, rather than something "owned" by individual humans in isolation.

    The way you see this supporting human dignity for the less "functional" people makes me think of Henri Nouwen who devoted so much of his life to ministry among (not just "to") the disabled. If you're not familiar with his work, I think it might interest you.

    Blessings!

    Tim the Feral Pastor

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Beautiful summer day in RochesterLicensed to kill...deer that is. And small woodland varmits"Daddy I'm cool" :sunglasses:Mmmm marsh mellows@ladyloki, Look a new one!!! Very english. Almost can't detect the lavender, but very tasty!! I'll get you one for when you visit Rochester if they're still at the store next time I go. #kombucha ##jetlagBackGatwick airport.... how it looks to spend 12 hours there:grimacing:. Kids did an amazing jobs helping cart around ALL our 25+ bags!!! God sent many helpful people along the way. #tryagaintoday #flightcancelled #lifewithboys #25 hours later back in home sweet home. Love is not efficient- both of these guys met me at the airport at 2am!Homeward boundWelcome to the This is our newest addition to the rental property, care of Lucas finding a rock on the floor inside and dutifully trying to throw it out the open door opposite this now shattered pane. Just had the glazier here Friday to get replacement panes for broken Lucas has self captioned this original piece of artwork. He calls it "Broken Glass"! #lifewithboysKids love the rain. Maybe a connection between this and the fact that unless we become like children we will not enter the kingdom of God.Great Britain comes complete with free blackberries!!!! Super sweet. #berrygreatbritain