Wednesday, February 26, 2014

God's selfie

Is there anyone -- anyone, who has a smartphone, or a cool little digital camera, who has NOT at some point engaged in self-digitization?

Even God has taken a selfie. The selfie is called Jesus Christ. It happened in Bethlehem. Jesus Christ is God's self-portrait. Jesus Christ is God's selfie -- an Instagram shot of what God is like; a visual representation that answers the question: "If God were to be visible and active on earth, what would that look like?" It would look like Jesus Christ.

But then, Jesus Christ took a selfie, too. It's called the church. What would it look like if Jesus were alive today and active in the world? It would -- or should -- look like the church. The church is Jesus' selfie. There's a mirror-in-the-mirror thing going on. We in the church are Jesus' selfie, i.e. we show the world what Jesus looks like. At the same time, Jesus is God's selfie, i.e. he shows the world what God "looks" like. The apostle Paul tries to explain this in 2 Corinthians: "That is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself ... and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God".

So, really, we -- the church -- are the self-image of Jesus and God, on display for the world to see.
Get the picture?