From time to time a comment appears on a thread that deserves a fuller answer than can be easily be accommodated within original thread.
Such is the case with this comment from Ryan Sproull on the post "If Jesus was on the New Zealand Electoral roll who would he vote for in 2008?"
A great comment, the sentiments of which were echoed in other comments throughout the thread.
A similar idea appeared as artwork on Jethro Tull's Aqualung album (Aqualung was a marginalized tramp with breathing problems if you are unfamiliar with it), parodying the first Chapter of Genesis. An idea expanded upon in some of the songs from that album.
But the concept of Man creating God in his own image is mistaken as I will attempt to explain.
The point of the original post was of course my opinion that Jesus would not subscribe to any political philosophy.
If anything Jesus most likely would look like a libertarian to the worldly, something I most certainly am not, thereby providing a counter example to contradict Ryan's thesis. I doubt though he would come out and support Libertarian politics because his concerns were not of this world - or so it would seem to me.
But I say this because I believe that God gave man free will, to be used for better or worse by each and every one of us.
What Jesus taught us is how we should live if we wished to follow him but in no place in the gospels are we compelled to live according to his teachings - we are given the freedom to accept or reject them as we choose. Our choices will have consequences of course, both in this world and that of the world to come. But most surely Christianity is a faith that places a great emphasis on it being something that is freely chosen and accepted by the believer - not withstanding the fact that this has been forgotten by some of its adherents from time to time.
Secondly Jesus Christ is the only man to have ever been born free of original sin and to remain sinless throughout his life.
We however are sinners, it is not possible for mortal man to be otherwise, a consequence of Adams original sin. And in this lies the second reason why Ryan is mistaken in his idea that we cast Jesus in our own image.
Rather as Christians we aspire to grow more Christ like in our daily life - Christians generally understand that this is a extremely difficult thing and we all will trip up along the way many times.
Fortunately for us though no matter how badly we fall, through the grace of God redemption is always possible.
In the beginning God created man in his own image and through our own transgressions we have fallen far far short of this. What we ultimately aspire to is Theosis. And we certainly don't visualize God in our own image, rather we seek to become transformed into that which God intended us to be from the moment of creation, a creature created in His image.
The world and worldly matters distract all of us from that which is truly important, our own salvation.
And it is by keeping our sight on Christ that will help us negotiate the daily pitfalls that keep us from being that which God intended us to be from the beginning.
So in answer to Ryan and the others that think we cast Jesus thinking as we ourselves think I would reply no - rather we our struggle is to learn from Jesus and respond to the world according to his will rather than our own.
And the fact that I and my fellow Christians sometimes get it wrong in no way detracts from the central message.
Rather it is a symptom of our fallen nature.