The Latin phrase Imago Dei, or “image of God”, stems from Genesis 1.27, where Scripture states that humans were created in God’s likeness. All Christian discussions about humanity should always be centered around the concept of Imago Dei. It is a theological foundation of early Christianity. St. Gregory Palamas states that “although we cast away our divine likeness, we did not lose our divine image.” However, it is more popular see others as “sinners” rather than “images of God”. This view is evident not only in the pulpit, but also in political and social discussions. Although Westboro Baptist Church is an extreme example of this type of theological thought, it is a representation that politics and theology cannot be separated. Any attempts to separate religious views from political ones and vice-versa are futile. You cannot serve two masters: you will end up prioritizing one view over the other. For example, in a 2011 article about illegal immigration on Russell Moore’s blog, one person commented:
I do have compassion for the illegals but I will not condone their actions. Are we not taught to love all sinners but not the sin? Since when is breaking the law of the land, when the law is not in contrary to God’s law, not a sin? So again, when someone had committed a crime, do we just look the way [sic] because the crime committed did not affect us personally? What kind of lesson are we teaching our children? Remember, our God is a JUST God.