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