What is "Created in His Image"?
Created in His Image is a Christian based anti-bullying campaign that is my inspiration that is done by the church and through the church. Everyone agrees that bullying is wrong and must stop. Anti-bullying campaigns can only go so far within the school. They say "You are special." Why are we special? It's a contradiction to the evolutionary view espoused by secularism that we all evolved and are just accidents on this earth. If we are accidents, and only the strongest survive, then bullying is normal and no one is special. Alcohol abuse, drug abuse, sexual promiscuity, suicide. etc are all results from kids, then eventually adults, looking for meaning and purpose in their life.
So why are we special? We are special because we were created in God's image. God created us for a purpose - while we might not always understand that purpose, we can be sure that there is a reason for our life on this earth. We are not accidents. This is a message that the church can and should pronounce, and that's where this campaign takes place. The campaign has three parts to it:
1) A lesson for youth
I have a special lesson that I have written based on the idea that we are created in God's image. Youth groups are asked to find a time during the week other than Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights to gather their youth together. They should play some games and have some food, and youth should be encouraged to bring friends - especially unchurched friends - with them to this meeting. After some time of food and fun, students are then intentionally taken through the Bible to see that they were created in God's image, what that means, and where we find our purpose. I'm working on a few short testimonials from some college students that can be shown at this time, too. This lesson would be taught sometime in the month of October.
2) A sermon from the pulpit
The message needs to be heard from the pulpit. Not only do young people need to hear it, but adults need to hear it. Adults also can be bullied. The message is left up to how God leads the pastor, but it can be used to help parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc know how to instill that we are created in God's image and how to help our kids stand up to bullies. Ideally the message would be the Sunday after the youth event.
At the top of the page is the example of the banner we are using this year. It was designed by Katie Steffens, and she did a great job! We are asking churches to place this outside their places of worship not only as a reminder to their members, but also as a witness to those who aren't believers. This banner would be hung outside the church for the month of October.
While I believe that all three points should be implemented to make a strong statement against bullying, churches can also choose to implement only one or two of the points. This year is the first year that we are trying this here in Kirksville, MO. October is National Anti-bullying month, and this is the time we will implement this campaign.
Ten percent of all proceeds are going to this campaign. My intentions is not for this to be a one time event, but something that will continue annually, and desire that it might spread to other parts of Missouri, as well as other states, and maybe around the world?
A special thanks to these Kirksville are churches who are participating:
Hamilton Street Baptist Church
Rehoboth Baptist Church
Fellowship Baptist Church
First Assembly of God
Trinity Episcopal Church
Faith United Methodist Church
Church of God (Holiness)
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