Just then a pastor walked through the back door and said, “I have a question.” ”
What is it?”
“I believe that God is great,” he said.
“Yes. Did I say something that made you feel that God wasn’t great?”
“You said we are to call out the greatness in people. I believe that you are creating pride in people by doing that,” he said.
I fired back, “I believe for years the church has emasculated and castrated people in the name of humility.” I pointed to a beautiful painting on the wall and said, “Let’s pretend you painted that picture.”
“OK,” he said, looking confused.
“That’s a stupid painting! Look at those ugly colors!” I yelled. “Now,” I asked him, “Did demeaning the painting glorify the artists?”
“No” he said.
“Isn’t it true that the beauty of the painting actually brings honor to the artist?”
“Yes, that’s true,” he said
“You didn’t paint yourself–God painted you,” I told him. “Not only that but Jesus is the one who sat in the chair and modeled for the portrait. We are created in His image and in His likeness. Every time we demean ourselves we are taking badly about the Artist and the Model. The truth is that the beauty of creation actually gives glory to the Creator.”