This is the fourth post in this series. We have discussed:
- Why and how Christians Respect The Rights Of Their Neighbors.
- What Rights Do The First Four Of The Ten Commandments protect?
- What Rights Do The Last Six Of The Ten Commandments protect?
What Does The Bible Say About All Men Being Created Equal?
As we mentioned in Part 1 of this series, Why and how Christians Respect The Rights Of Their Neighbors, the Declaration of Independence includes this phrase, “that all men are created equal.” In Part 1 we postponed an examination of the significance of this phrase until Part 4, that is this post. Nevertheless, we did say that because God created all men in His image, we expect our government to treat every man and woman without partiality.
How significant is that phrase, “that all men are created equal”? Consider the context.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,Declaration of Independence: A Transcription | National Archives
We actually covered this subject in some detail in TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO BE BIGOTS? — PART 2 | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org). Here is the critical paragraph from that post.
The Declaration of Independence requires the government to treat everyone impartially. Because God created all of us in His image, we are all equal. Because God gives us our rights, our rights are unalienable, and all government can do is protect those rights, That is, all our government can do is protect us from being abused by each other.TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO BE BIGOTS? — PART 2 | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org).
Because God created all of us in His image, we are all equal. With respect to the law, what does this equality require? As TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO BE BIGOTS? — PART 2 | Prince William-Manassas Family Alliance (familyallianceonline.org) elaborated, our government is suppose to treat each of us impartially. In fact, as an investigation of the Bible with respect to this subject would demonstrate, we each have a personal obligation to treat each other without inappropriate partiality.
Why is being made in the image of God so important? Jesus explained in this passage, Matthew 22:15-22 NASB – Poll-tax to Caesar – Then the Pharisees – Bible Gateway. That passage records Jesus asking the Pharisees to observe whose image was on a denarius. When the Pharisees said “Caesar’s,” Jesus told them to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. Because God’s image is on each of us, we each belong to Him. Because God gives each of us our rights, the rights of every man, woman, and child are sacred.
Consider the definition (the one germane in this context) of opposite of impartial, “partial.”
2: inclined to favor one party more than the other : BIASED
//it is inconsistent with justice to be partial — J. S. MillPartial | Definition of Partial by Merriam-Webster (merriam-webster.com)
When we cannot refrain from inappropriate bias, bias based upon race, sex, creed, wealth, and so forth, we have no business judging the particulars of a matter as a public official or even as a juror. That is because we would treat some people’s rights as more sacred than other people’s rights, and God has given us no such authority.
To Be Continued
- Part 5: How Do We Fix This Mess?