“What if God were one of us?”
God does not care if you’re a Republican or Democrat just like he does not care if you’re Black, Asian, Brown, White, Hispanic, or Native American. This statement does not say however God is non-political and color-blind. Also, this assertion does not say that God does not care about political actions and public policies and how they make impact a nation and affect its citizens, such as the poor and the economically-disadvantahed population in society. God is a political Sovereign and acts politically every day. God’s politics is a mighty force for the promotion of justice and equity, human freedom and agency, harmony and balance, and mutual reciprocity and interdependence in society and in among individuals.
All rulers in the world make political choices. God is a ruler in the world. Therefore, God makes political choices. Yet God’s political interventions are not separared from his theological ideas and activism. The political is theological in the same way the theological is embedded in the political. Divine actions in human societies engage both the sphere of politics and the realm of theology. In other words, all God’s actions in the world are politico-theological.
Second, God is very conscious about the ethnic and racial diversity of his creation because he (God) created all people in his image. When people of various ethnic and racial groups fail to live in harmony and unity with one another, they lessen the image of God in themselves and diminish the glory of God which they bear in their humanity and essential nature. The belittling of God’s image in individuals may include ethical interventions and judicial forces that are unjust, inequitable, and anti-human flourishing.
Correspondingly, political actions that marginalize individuals and families and public policies that do not improve their living conditions do not affirm a positive anthropology associating with the divine stamp on people.
It is the image of God in individuals that makes the life of a particular racial and ethnic group meaningful in this world. It is also the designation and identiy of individuals as bearers of the divine imprint that makes life in this world worth living and sacred. The sacredness and dignity of an ethnic group or race is vital simply because of the intimate rapport with the divine validation of all lives. In the same line of thought, the image of God in the poor and oppressed man, the image of God in the single mother and the rape victim, and the image of God in the undocumented immigrant and refugee makes their individual and collective lives and experience the target of human attention and compassion, care and empathy, and humanization and valorization.