There is an inherent beauty in everything around us. God’s creation, at the outset, was what he called, “Very good.” As we look around us today, we still perceive echoes of that pronouncement. The green hills, snow-capped mountains, blue and gold beaches, amber plains, painted deserts—these all testify to the Artist’s loving touch, the brushstrokes of genius on the canvas of the universe.
Part of that creation was man. Indeed, people were his crowning masterpiece on the earth. He made them like himself, abundant with reason and creativity, and loved them as children. He even gave his only begotten son to win them back from slavery to evil.
That’s people. Yet, how often do we find ourselves turning on God’s crowning glory? People become a target for hurtful vitriol and hateful deeds. Sometimes we want to tell them off. Mostly we seem apathetic, ambivalent to their plight. God doesn’t treat people that way. Why should we?
When Jesus was asked what God’s most important commandment was, he replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
That’s something to think about.