“By putting male and female together as the image of God, there’s something very powerful being said about the rest of creation… about how the male and female together have the task of bringing the love and life and stewardship and care of creation of God into the rest of the world.” –N.T. Wright
Christians believe that all humans are created in the image of God, a notion that shapes our understanding of human dignity and worth and transforms our view of human destiny. In Genesis 1, God pairs this reality with his command to “be fruitful and multiply” and to “replenish the earth,” showing us having his likeness means a particular kind of service and stewardship.
Yet for as much as we focus on the general reality of this, how often do we consider that other part: “male and female he created them”? God created two distinct sexes to reflect his image — to work alongside and complement each other in enacting his purposes throughout the earth in divine unity. What does this imply for our approach to stewardship, and if we fail to recognize it, as the broader culture seems inclined to do, what might we miss?
In a video series for the recent Humanum event, a three-day inter-faith conference on marriage and family, these questions are explored at length, beginning with a stunning introductory episode on the meaning of marriage and its importance for the destiny of humanity.
As N.T. Wright explains (12:50), God created man and woman together to display his image and likeness, to serve as a symbol of our Creator, and in doing so, to bring “the love and life and stewardship and care of creation of God into the rest of the world.” (more…)