Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man by the Christian band, 4 Him, is a song that describes how the world sees all of us. They judge us by our looks, by the way we dress, and by our material possessions. They scrutinize our abilities and our intelligence. God says there is much more to every human being than what is seen on the outside. God made us in His image and looks at us with mercy, "and sees us through His love, you're His child and that will always be enough."

Listening to this song made me think of the question that was brought up in class about being made in God's image. According to Wayne Gruden (1994), to be made in God's image means that "man is like God and represents God" (p. 442). What about after the fall of man? What did the spirit of man look like then? Gruden (1994) states that God's image became "distorted" in man after the fall (p. 444). After the fall in Genesis 9:6 God says, "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in His own image." This implies that all mankind still have God's likeness in them, but their purity has been lost.

This song makes me think of the omnipotence of God and His love and compassion for the whole human race. He not only created us in His image, but also gave us a second chance. I am thankful that God does not measure us as we deserve.

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