Twice now in a span of a week I have read words that were music to my ears.
The latest: Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy pointed out the reality that we are all made in the image of God, therefore we are all worthy of respect and dignity. He was talking about the reasons that his company had increased in profits over the past 48 months, while the rest of the country has struggled in the business arena. Read full article here.
Cathy said his company has focused on applying the principles of Matthew 5, 6, and 7 to the business model in order to make the customer feel just as special while spending $6 as if they were spending $25 on a meal. (Funny, but every time I take the kids to Chick-fil-A I end up spending about $25… but maybe he is talking per person. I’m not sure I’ve been in a restaurant like that in years). The point is that Cathy is taking the principles of the Sermon on the Mount to the business place and it has improved sales. Then he said what is music to my ears:
“Here’s the deal. All of us were created in God’s image,” said the Chick-fil-A CEO. “Because we are created in God’s image – [who] is to be treated with honor, dignity, and respect – we desperately in our deepest part of who we are … desire to be treated respectfully and with honor and with respect.”
I love it! This is how we are all to treat one another because of the fact that we are made in God’s image. While Cathy was not saying this, I will, this is the very reason aborting our children is so heinous. We are aborting those who are made in the image of God. Children, the moment they are conceived, are image bearers and worthy of life.
The other place I came across someone who gets it was in George W. Bush’s book, Decision Points. In his chapter on “Stem Cells” he writes:
“The abortion issue is difficult, sensitive, and personal. My faith and conscience led me to conclude that human life is sacred. God created man in His image and therefore every person has value in His eyes. It seemed to me that an unborn child, while dependent on its mother, is a separate and independent being worthy of protection in its own right.”
Amen, and amen. I’m glad he knows that and wrestled with the embryonic stem cell issue. While many of us have concluded that he came to the wrong decision in the matter, it has turned out for good. Because of Bush’s policy of only providing federal funding for a limited number of stem cells (I believe 60 embryos), doctors and scientists have discovered that stem cells from the umbilical cords provide far more benefits than any embryonic stem cells. Read the NY Times article here.
It was also interesting that Charles Krauthammer recognized the correlation between Bush’s stance and the scientist discovery. He ended up writing, “The verdict is clear: Rarely has a president–so vilified for a moral stance–been so thoroughly vindicated.” Read his article here.
Did the President make the right decision? I don’t know about that. But God still used it for good and hopefully, all Bush’s critics will step back and recognize that Bush had the right view on life. Each child is made in the image of God, therefore worthy of life. Each life is precious and we need to remember that.
Both Bush and Cathy are Christians and applying biblical principles to their lives. Both are also being blessed because of it. Amen and amen once again.