I spoke on the sanctity of life this last Sunday in church. My sermon took a different direction than it has on this subject in past years; rather than using scripture to prove the personhood of unborn babies, I focused on the fact that all have been created in the image of God, and as such, there is no such thing as too much cost or too much effort to protect those who bear the image of God. Every human life has immeasurable value.
Genesis 1:26-27 (NKJV) reads, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Do you see how it is repeated there at the end? It’s to drive home the point: men and women are created in the image of God. No other creation can claim that, and as such, as image bearers’ of God, we are worth more than anyone can ever begin to fathom! When I see stories from peoples’ lives, people who have above and beyond to protect a life, I think I am seeing someone who begins to grasp what this all means, who begins to see the value in a person simply because they exist and bear the image of God, regardless of their age, health, or convenience. I used the following video as an illustration of one such couple; it honestly blows me away every time I see it, and I was caught off guard to be standing behind the pulpit crying.
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