The Consequences of Neglecting the Image of God
When a society removes God from its thinking, it strips away the framework for understanding human identity. In this clip from our live event Made in the Image of God, Sinclair Ferguson reveals why so many people in our culture don’t know who they are.
In my own view, this doctrine of the image of God has been one of the most neglected doctrines in the last hundred years of the Christian church and in the evangelical church. And in many ways, it is an explanation of our current political and social climate. If you think about the disintegration, the moral disintegration there has been in the Western world over the last twenty-five to fifty years. And people have often said to me, and I’m sure they’ve said this to you, “I can’t believe how rapidly this has happened.” The fact that now you have to choose your identity; you have got to invent your identity if you’re a young person. You’re given a whole variety of possibilities, but you’ve got to invent who you are. And we no longer know what it means to be me. We no longer know who we are. We no longer know what it means to be a man or a woman, and it all seems to have happened so rapidly. But, you know, if you think about it, it’s happened very logically. Because, when a society removes God from the situation, it inevitably removes the truth about man from the situation. Because, when we remove God, we take away our identity: the image of God. And sadly, we no longer know who we are.