The Image of God, Minorities, and the Consummation

Who are we? Why are we here? Those are essentially the questions that the theme of this year’s Legacy Conference in Chicago addressed. The title of this year’s gathering was “The Imago Dei” or the “image of God”. The Reformed African American Network (RAAN) had the opportunity to present a workshop track that extended this theme. The track included four different workshops all centered on “The Imago Dei and the Minority Experience”. It followed the biblical narrative of Creation => Fall => Redemption => Consummation.

Imago Dei and Minority

We split the four workshops between several people and I had the portion on “consummation”. The consummation describes the return of Christ at the end of the present age. When Christ returns we all “will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). He will eradicate all evil from the earth, separate those who have believed in Him from those who have not, and re-create heaven and earth. The greatest blessing of the consummation will be the unimpeded presence of God Himself with His people. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God” (Revelation 21:3).

The consummation is indeed a glorious picture. But what does the consummation mean for the imago Dei? What does it mean for the image of God in racial and ethnic minorities who have often been dehumanized by discrimination and prejudice? To get a fuller answer you would have had to attend my workshop. But, the next best thing to being there is below. I have included a link to the slides I used in the presentation. They will not all make sense without the commentary, but you’ll get the main ideas.

These slides represent a work in progress. I welcome your feedback and comments. Feel free to reference the content, but please give proper attribution.

Imago Dei-Consummation_J.Tisby

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