08 May 2020
Today, Ahmaud Arbery should be celebrating his 26th birthday with his family in friends. It's not Covid-19 that is keeping them apart, but the fact that he was gunned down while out for a run on February 23rd in a Georgia neighbourhood. The perpetrators, with close ties to the law enforcement community, went free until yesterday, over two months later.
I thought about this young man's family, and prayed for them in their grief.
I thought about the state of this country's justice system, that it would allow such a heinous cover-up, exposed only because of public outcry on social media.
I thought about the fact that as a woman, I often run, not necessarily afraid, but nervous.
I thought about God, the Creator of Ahmaud Arbery, nature, and us all.
Genesis 1:26a Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness." 27 God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28a God blessed them.
Here are some things God didn't mention when he created us:
~ gender identity
We are ALL image bearers, all of us together! We can't be image bearers alone, without every nation, every tribe, every language, every colour. When God created, there was no such thing as religion, race, gender identity, or any of the other things that separate us. There was only God, man, woman, LOVE.
Be love, friends.
Be image bearers.