National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Launches Imago Dei Campaign to Combat Political Rhetoric

Samuel Rodriguez

In response to increasing incivility, bullying and disrespect for others within society, nationally recognized leaders have launched of the worldwide Imago Dei campaign, an alternative discourse of truth and civility centered around recognizing and elevating the image of God in every human being—without exception.

Led by the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the largest Hispanic Christian organization that represents more than 40,000 U.S. churches, Imago Dei is already supported by Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family; James Robison, president of LIFE Outreach International and co-host of LIFE Today; Mark L. Williams, presiding bishop and general overseer of Church of God International; Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty University; and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, award-winning television producers and producers of the upcoming feature film Son of God, which will be released nationwide on Feb. 28, 2014.

“We should be known not by what we oppose, but rather by what we propose,” says NHCLC President Samuel Rodriguez. “Through this campaign, we want to reconcile the message of Jesus as affirmed by Billy Graham’s transformative message and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historical march for justice.”

The purpose of Imago Dei is to facilitate a platform for the advancement of a loving truth conversation while simultaneously repudiating rhetorical bullying. The campaign seeks to change the world by sharing truth via the grace-filled amplifier of love.

Built on one of the foundational truths of the Bible, Imago Dei states that the image of God exists in all human beings—black and white, rich and poor, straight and gay, conservative and liberal, victim and perpetrator, citizen and undocumented, believer and unbeliever. The challenge of the Imago Dei campaign is for individuals to recognize this in friend and foe, acquaintance and stranger, strong and weak, oppressor and liberator.

“We should continually remind ourselves that every human being is created in the image of God,” Staver says. “This has profound consequences. In the blogosphere and social media culture, where people are dehumanized, bullied and slandered, and where political rhetoric has polarized the populace, the Imago Dei in every person compels us to love and respect all people, including those who disagree with us.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News
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