Everyone deserves rights.
Many of you probably agree with the above sentence and have heard the popular phrase "it's my God given right". The fight for equality is definitely on the forefront of our minds as we watch the emergence of activism groups like Black Lives Matter and witness 3rd wave feminism through our computer screens.
Let's get one thing straight: history is a very cruel place- the humanity of different groups of people have been attacked. As a result, we tread carefully when addressing the concerns of people because we don't want to repeat the sins of previous generations.
I think it's commendable that our society is making an effort to make sure all members of our society are treated well but I have a question. Why was the marginalization of our Aboriginal brothers and sisters throughout Canadian history wrong? Why does the denial of a women's personhood anger us so much? Where does the idea of rights even come from?
It's actually a Biblical concept! In the first book and chapter of the Bible it is written "so God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created Him; male and female He created them ( Genesis 1:27).
And so you see, here is the basis for human dignity, worth and value. We are image bearers of God and reflect His likeness in ways animals and plants just don't. Our ability to give love regardless of how fractured and broken is a testament to the imperfect love of God. Our need to be loved and receive love back is a reflection of God's desire to be in fellowship with his creation and our sadness over the problems of the Earth is a tiny reflection to the grievances God feels over this world.
My life as a black woman is important because I'm an image bearer of God and that means I'm loved, wanted, valued and matter.