Daniel Darling, vice president of communications of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, delivered a chapel message from Genesis 1 on human dignity. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium Wednesday, Sept. 25, on OBU’s campus in Shawnee.
Darling addressed students about the origins of human dignity.
“The basis for human dignity is borrowed from the Bible,” Darling said. “It is one of the best gifts that Christianity gives to the world.”
Darling reminded students of the calling we have as Christians and the transforming gift of Jesus Christ.
“We are called to love, to care, to think, etc., but we can’t limit human dignity to these traits,” he said. “We must move away from the idea that our worth is found in our abilities, gifts and importance to society but because we are created by God. We are reminded in Genesis 1 that we aren’t gods, but we are created in God’s image.”
Darling holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College, has studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves on the board of Let My People Go Ministries, an organization devoted to helping churches fight human trafficking.
Darling is the author of several books, including “Teen People of the Bible,” “Crash Course,” “iFaith,” “Real,” “Activist Faith,” “The Original Jesus,” “The Dignity Revolution,” and his forthcoming book, “The Characters of Christmas.” He is a contributing editor to Christianity Today’s CT Pastors, a columnist for Homelife, and a regular contributor to In Touch Magazine. He also writes regularly for several leading publications, including Christianity Today and The Gospel Coalition. His op-eds have appeared in USA Today, CNN, Washington Times, Time, Huffington Post, National Review, Washington Post and First Things. He is also a contributor to The Worldview Study Bible.
Darling speaks and preaches around the country and is regularly interviewed on television and radio, including MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNN. He is the host of a weekly podcast, The Way Home. He has served at churches in Illinois and Tennessee. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area. They attend Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where he serves as pastor of teaching and discipleship.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. The ERLC is dedicated to engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and speaking to issues in the public square for the protection of religious liberty and human flourishing. Since its inception, the ERLC has been defined around a holistic vision of the kingdom of God, leading the culture to change within the church itself and then as the church addresses the world.Learn more about the ERLC or visit Darling's personal webpage.