Obviously, this is not ok.
The theological counter to this is the idea that humans have inherent dignity.
Inherent human dignity is the idea that because all humans are created in the image of God, and that God blessed them, then even though humans (like the rest of creation) are fallen, there is still an image of God within them, even if the image is a little fuzzy. Or maybe we see someone and it looks like they are waiting for the image of God within them to load.
|And we're waiting...|
The scripture passage for this idea is Genesis 1:27
"So God created humankind in [God's] image, in the image of God [God] created them; male and female [God] created them."Let me back up and say that in this story, the author of Genesis isn't talking about Adam and Eve, but rather God is creating all of humanity at once.
That's right. All people in all parts of the world. People who live in Asia and Australia, Europe and the Americas. Africa. All of humankind is created in God's image.
And then if we just skip down past all the blessings and being fruitful and multiplying we get to this nice little verse.
"God saw everything that [God] had made and indeed, it was very good." (1:31)
So every single person created by God? Check.
Every single person created with something very good in them? Check.
Why is this so hard to hear then?
Why do we as a species feel the need to treat one another as objects that entertain us? Then we can discard them when they are no longer important?
Why do we find it so easy to victimize a group of people because they don't look like us?
Why do we find it so easy to ignore great problems in how the system works because it "doesn't really affect me"?
Why do we ignore the inherent human dignity that is supposed to be found within every single person.
Why aren't we looking for the image of God in our neighbors?
I'll repeat, we are fallen and some people make it really hard to find that image of God. And there are certainly days when it's hard for us to find the image of God within ourselves, let alone have someone else find the image of God within us.
But, shouldn't we at least make an effort? Shouldn't we try and fight a broken system because someone else, another person made in the image of God is being abused and hurt by it?
Now, even though we still have a hard enough time with this male/female image of God thing that Genesis has in verse 27, what if we added more of these categories in there?
God created humankind in God's image, in the image of God, God created them; male and female, black and white, gay and straight, trans, rich and poor, skinny and fat, and mentally ill and physically ill, and everything in between, God created them.
Would we at least maybe think twice before we start mistreating someone else?
I hope so.