How will you be a voice for life?

January 12, 2018

Near the conclusion of the creation account found in Genesis 1, God’s Word makes a profound statement that highlights the significance and value of all human life. Genesis 1:27 states, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

While there are many rich truths that could be gleaned from this single verse of Scripture, the fact that we are created by God in His image is what gives all men and women a deep sense of worth and value. Mankind is the crowning jewel or the zenith of God’s creation, and the Bible underscores this truth throughout the pages of Scripture.

Every January, many followers of Christ and others set aside a day to remember and reflect upon the value of human life as part of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, which is on Jan. 21 this year. On that day, many churches will celebrate the fact that life is a gift from God, and they will also grieve the numerous lives that have been lost prematurely due to abortion, abandonment, abuse or some other means.

I’m thankful that as Southern Baptists, our Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has done much work and made great progress in advocating for the sanctity of human life in Washington, D.C., and beyond. This year, the ERLC will host its third Evangelicals for Life event Jan. 18-20 in Washington, D.C.

As believers, we are called to be a voice for the powerless and to serve and support those in need by sharing the grace, love and compassion of Christ with others. There are a number of ways that individuals and local churches can be a voice for life. Consider how God may be calling you to be involved.

 

As believers, we are called to be a voice for the powerless and to serve and support those in need by sharing the grace, love and compassion of Christ with others.

We can pray for those whose lives are the most vulnerable, particularly the unborn, the disabled and the elderly. We can stand ready to come alongside and minister to those who find themselves in the midst of a crisis pregnancy or the loneliness that often comes in the late stages of one’s life. Maybe God is calling you to adopt a child or serve as a foster family. Perhaps God is asking you to play a part in the restoration and healing process with someone who experienced the emotional and physical pain of an abortion months or even years ago, but they still long for forgiveness and spiritual healing. Will you help that individual to know that God loves them and offers a new start in life?

In whatever way God leads you to be an outspoken voice for life, remember the truth that we are all made in the image of God. An individual’s worth and dignity isn’t based upon their culture, their class or the color of their skin. Every single person has value to God because they are made in His image, and each individual is precious to Him. Remember, whoever is precious and valuable to God should be precious and valuable to us.

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” — Genesis 1:27


by Milton A. Hollifield, Jr.  
/  Executive Director-Treasurer  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Is college ministry really worth it?

Is college ministry really worth it? Reaching college students is hard. When we look in our pews on Sunday and find our churches largely devoid of this age demographic, reality sets in — churches don’t reach college students by accident. Sadly, many churches decide college...

Why Baptism Sunday?

For several years now, I have been greatly burdened by the declining number of baptisms across the Southern Baptist Convention. I believe the baptism numbers serve as one of the best indicators of evangelism in our churches. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, and that means...

NCMO Week of Prayer

The month of September marks the primary emphasis for the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). Please join in a special prayer emphasis for NCMO and ministries it supports in the week leading up and into September. The goal of this year’s offering is $2.1 million, and this...

Q&A: Floyd discusses new role, message for NC Baptists

Ronnie Floyd, recently selected to lead the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee, is slated to speak at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSCNC) Annual Meeting in November. Floyd will preach during a special worship service on Tuesday, Nov. 12...

Being the church after a disaster

The year 2018 will be remembered by many N.C. Baptists as a year of disaster, and many churches are still without a place to meet. This circumstance provides a unique opportunity to reflect upon the difference between going to church and being the church. The simultaneous...

NCMO supports partnerships

There are many parts of Scripture that may seem confusing to readers, but there is one message, spoken time and time again, that couldn’t be more clear — love one another. The message whispered from Genesis to Revelation is to love God and love one another. So what does it mean to...

9 reasons to attend the 2019 NC Baptist annual meeting

“God’s Great Work” is the theme for the 2019 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) Annual Meeting and will focus on the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. This year’s event is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 11-12 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention...

Celebrate ‘God’s Great Work’

It’s hard to believe, but this year’s annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) is only three months away. Planning for this year’s meeting has actually been going on for many months as a group of North Carolina Baptists who make up our Committee on...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Select Language ^

Share This

Share this with your friends!