Snipped this article out of this past Saturday's edition of the Calgary Sun. (Disclaimer: Before you read any further, I just want to forewarn readers NOT to try and check out the G-Spirits website... The picture above cuts off the bare breasts shown in the actual photo, among others like it on their front page).
In his book Sex God, Rob Bell writes, "Jesus had much to say about what happens when a woman, an image-bearer, a carrier of the divine spark, becomes a 'that'... Something serious--sometimes hellish--happens when people are treated as objects, and we should resist it all costs."
Paying a woman to have alcohol poured over her breasts, which are then photographed and marketed to the world for the small price of $160 is something serious. This is a woman... As Bell puts it, she bears the image of God. She carries His divine spark. She should not be reduced to a 'that' because it ultimately steals her humanity, and ours as well...
Bell goes on to say, "We don't respect the divine image in others just because we want to uphold their humanity. It isn't just about them.
"It's about us.
"It's about our humanity as well."
Consequently, when we objectify others, we hurt ourselves in the process. As we make the object sub-human, we shed pieces of our own fullness along with it. It comes down to this: we can't disrespect the divine image in others without losing touch with the divine image in ourselves.
But, when we honor the divine image in others, we come closer to knowing the character of he who made the image in the first place...
That's where I wanna be. And that's where I want to help draw others to as well. It's been amazing watching God open door after door over the last month with different areas of growth for my ministry with human trafficking. I am so amazed at his faithfulness and his evident blessing in this area of my life! I say that not to toot my own horn... But to bear witness to the fact that he makes himself known to those who seek to honor, respect, and stand up for his image-bearing daughters and sons.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matthew 7:7 NIV).