Lawn Care Workers, Porn, and Chipotle

Creative Commons photo credit angela n

Creative Commons photo credit angela n

"So God created man in his own image in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

 When Rachel and I first got married we lived in the smallest one bedroom apartment you can imagine for a cheap $840 a month. The cramped living situation forced us outdoors a lot, which we prefer anyway. One hot summer day the company that kept up the grounds was taking a break. I went over and started chatting in broken Spanish with some of the guys on the team. I grabbed them some cold water bottles from the fridge and we ended up talking for about 30 minutes. One of the men said, “No one ever talks to us. It’s like we don’t exist.”

For two long years I struggled with a porn addiction. It was a daily occurrence that led to a deep lasting depression. As I was coming out of the fog I confided in a few friends about it. One friend chuckled and said, “Are you kidding? Why is that a bad thing? Porn is one of the greatest things ever. It’s better than a fat Chipotle burrito.”

Speaking of Chipotle burritos…. a couple years ago I grabbed Chipotle on a Saturday during lunch. The place was packed, with the line literally going out the door. My friend and I chatted in line until we finally reached the counter to order. The woman working the line asked, “What are you having?” I ordered my customary steak burrito with black beans, white rice, and fajita veggies. I then quickly asked the woman, “So…how’s your day going?” She stopped what she was doing. Paused and then looked up to say, “I’ve been working for 6 straight hours and no one has asked me how I’m doing.”


If we are all created in the image of God then this image has intrinsic value. What makes us human makes us all valuable. We must take seriously, then, any and every interaction we have with other people.

Does God see the lawn care worker? Does He care that men and women are exploited repeatedly for the sexual satisfaction of others through the internet? Do we really want to live in a world where we go almost an entire shift at work without being asked how we’re doing?

It seems quite evident that all throughout Scripture God is concerned with those on the underside of power. The slave, foreigner, prostitute, pariah, uneducated, and tossed aside. If we are to be the kinds of people whom embody the traits of our God then we must see those are unseen. Pursue those that aren’t pursued. Advocate for those whom don’t have a voice.

This ultimately leads to the question: What do you believe heaven will be like? If we are all headed in the direction to the time when Jesus will come back to right every wrong, wipe away every tear, and bring heaven to earth then we should live out those principles now.

Heaven will be a place where no one is above anyone else, a place where every one is seen, there is plenty for all, and we all find peace. It’s time to embrace heaven here and now by living with a divine awareness of those around us. When we do we move a little closer to Jesus’ return and a new creation.

David Valentine