Human Beings & Human Freedom
C.S. Lewis tells us in The Weight of Glory: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, and civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
He goes on in Mere Christianity to say, “All your life long you are slowly turning… either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature; either into [one who] is in harmony with God, …or one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.” John Wesley declared that because we are made in the imago dei – the image of God – that sanctification and holiness is the call on every human heart. William Wilberforce challenged all of England to recognize the dignity of all human beings, regardless of race. He forced the British Empire to admit that a man is man and not an animal.
Contemporary culture is rife with the degradation of the human being. Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts for profit. Our Supreme Court dumbs down human identity to nothing but the sum total of our sexual inclinations. Women are portrayed on the cover of Sports Illustrated as objects of recreation and sport. Children are sold for sex, not just in the streets of Bangkok but also in the hotels of Baltimore. The world bemoans the “murder” of one lion in Zimbabwe while it yawns at the genocide of millions of babies in “family planning” clinics from Zeeland to Zanesville. Our Congress and our President seem to consider the lives of our youngest girls and boys less important than the habitat of the Prairie Chicken or the balance sheet of banks “too big to fail.”
This edition of TOWER magazine is a celebration of the “ordinary” people of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. It is a celebration of the dignity and importance of every “ordinary” human being – of the imago dei – and the quest for freedom that only the human race shares; freedom that can be found only when we submit to Lordship of Jesus Christ; freedom that only comes when we admit He is God and we are not; freedom that is only had in believing we are created in His image and bound for glory; freedom of knowing our lives are His and His alone.
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