What in the World? EPISODE 2: The Image of God with Vinoth Ramachandra


What does it mean to see others as image-bearers of God? How is this warped by American individualism? And what happens to justice when we abandon God for idols—false images of God? Based on the book Inalienable by Eric Costanzo, Daniel Yang, and Matthew Soerens, in this episode Skye Jethani (co-host of The Holy Post) talks to Sri Lankan Christian leader Vinoth Ramachandra about the intersection of idolatry and mission. He explains how what we worship shapes us and our work in the world in unexpected ways, and that he believes the American church needs to admit to and repent of its idols.


“Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church” by Eric Costanzo, Daniel Yang, and Matthew Soerens - https://amzn.to/3RyObjc


0:00 - Theme song and intro


Interview with Vinoth Ramachandra

2:19 - Idolatry

5:35 - Idol of individualism

12:42 - Idolatry and injustice

18:25 - Idolatry’s appeal and antidote

24:45 - Confronting idolatry faithfully

29:49 - Sponsor - World Relief


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Debrief with Eric Costanzo and Daniel Yang

31:45 - Debrief start and recognizing our idols

36:58 - Moving beyond fear of pushback

41:13 - Engaging outside of our contexts

46:45 - The idol of Christian nationalism

54:42 - Credits

Other resources mentioned:

International Fellowship of Evangelical Students - https://ifesworld.org

“Gods That Fail: Modern Idolatry and Christian Mission” by Vinoth Ramachandra - https://amzn.to/3dssPV2

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