This morning I was trying to complete an online subscription; as you know we are often asked to look at a picture to confirm our identity that we are real!
Today it said: “Before we subscribe you, we need to confirm you are a human.”
I then had to look at photographs in a grid square and tick the boxes with boats in, this made me laugh. But it also caused me to consider a fairly deep philosophical and theological issue.
What does it mean to be human?
I think of the time Jesus was asked about paying taxes…
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
Of course the next question they could have asked of Jesus may have been, What then belongs to God?
We see that in Genesis we are made in the image of God, that is whose image is upon each and every person. We work for The Metropolitan Police service in various roles, but through our work it often brings us into direct contact with the world at its harshest reality. On occasions we see the depths that humanity without God will go to and as a fellowship we pray for the light of God to come into these dark places where we tread.
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
The Imago Dei (image of God) is upon us all, Jesus said that we should give to God what is God’s, this is why as believers our focus is always upon him, we give all that we have and all that we are to serve him. We have hope in his blessed assurance, we have settled our eternal destiny and we are clear about our identity; we know not only who we are, but more importantly whose we are.
So the next time you’re asked to tick the box if you’re human, think of Jesus’s words and praise his Holy name for he has redeemed you, the mighty creator of the Universe knows you by your name and he absolutely loves you and has called you to be one of his.
May God bless you all this week.
Inspector Rodney Kenny
Christian Police Association Ambassador
Roads and Transport Policing Command