Why Christians believe in human dignityby Daniel Darling, SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is a day we mourn the innocent lives taken since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. We believe every life has intrinsic value and worth. The Christian gospel reminds us that every human being was created in the image of God. While most of creation was spoken into existence by a powerful and creative God, humans, Moses writes in Genesis, were sculpted by the hand of a loving Creator and endowed with the breath of life.
Since sin entered the world, people have been devising new ways to turn against one another and do violence to the dignity of their fellow image-bearer. In our generation this assault is pronounced, specifically in the wanton discarding of hundreds of thousands of unborn lives every year.
Our views of human dignity not only show up at election time, they show up in the way we treat our fellow human being. Do we use our voices and resources to speak up for those who have no voice?
Today let’s pause and consider what the gospel tells us about human dignity. Let’s look to Christ, who is the perfect image of God, not only as our example, but as the perfect God-man who defeated the curse of sin and death that often moves us toward violence. His bodily resurrection gives dignity to our fragile frame and offers the hope that we too will rise, body and soul, one day in glory.
Editor’s note: Daniel Darling serves as the vice president for communications with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention. This article is used by permission and was published as part of a free, downloadable bulletin insert for use by churches on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Also, be sure to follow @ncbaptist on Facebook and Twitter as we celebrate life. Post your family pictures with the hashtag #wechoselife to join in.