Those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son. (Romans 8:29)
Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:10)
In addition to verbally declaring the biblical pro-life ethic, we also articulate the principle in our deeds. Unless we "flesh out" our convictions in daily life, no one believes what we say. Thankfully, as we grow in resemblance to our Savior, we become better equipped for fulfilling the biblical pro-life ethic.
Ever since we were founded, Life Matters Worldwide has worked to:
• Help sustain pregnancy care centers as effective Gospel outreaches.
• Help missionaries develop pro-life ministries to enhance church-planting efforts.
• Help churches teach the biblical pro-life ethic and train leaders to implement services such as LIFT.
Pro-life ministries are vital to the Church's mission because respect for the sanctity of human life is being lost in our culture. We work to protect human beings before birth by offering alternatives to abortion. Similarly, we oppose the looming threats of euthanasia and assisted suicide through church-based ministries at the end of life. But beyond organized pro-life ministries are a multitude of personal ways to apply the biblical pro-life ethic.
Related Bible study -- David & the Biblical Pro-Life Ethic
One of the first things everyone must do to be pro-life is wrest control of our tongues. James 3:9-10 says:
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
Of course, it's also pro-life to nurture our brothers and sisters -- members of our families and the family of God -- by caring for their physical needs and watching out for their spiritual growth. In Luke 14:12-14, Jesus instructed His followers to reach beyond relatives to include people living with poverty and infirmity.
It's pro-life to support political candidates and policies that do good rather than harm to our neighbors. And it's pro-life to love and do good to our enemies -- including political opponents, members of the media, people who believe differently than us, and anyone openly antagonistic to the truths of God's word. As Proverbs 24 teaches, we must not only
Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
but also not gloat when our enemy falls (vss. 10-12 and 17-18). We must never help them do evil, but neither should we strike back at them (2 Chronicles 19:2, Romans 12:14-21).
When we respect the sanctity of another person's life -- especially when that person is small, weak, despised, under attack, or attacking us -- we mirror God's holiness and His compassion for people. We bring glory to Him.
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