Here at Kentucky Today, we value human life and we hope you notice. We work hard to feature stories on every aspect of supporting and valuing human life. We feature stories that focus on the value of human life from “conception to the coffin” because of its intrinsic importance to us all.
There are some foundational convictions for this work we’d like to share as we mark National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday and the federal holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s 91st birthday on Monday.
Created in the Image of God
We believe all human life is created in the image and likeness of God. This declaration was made by God in Genesis 1:26. This means human beings are different from the rest of the creation. We have gifts, abilities and characteristics that reflect the very image of God. The ability to create, reason, communicate and love are just a few of the traits we hold in common with God. Because of this truth, we believe all people are worthy of dignity and respect.
Created Intentionally by God
The well-known king of Israel, David, wrote in Psalm 139 that he was knit together by God in his mother’s womb. He rejoices that he was fearfully and wonderfully made by God. We believe this to be true of all people. We are convinced that no one is an accident or surprise. Every person is created as an image-bearer designed to bring God glory.
Equally Valued by God
When we use the word every in the paragraphs above, we really mean every person. In Colossians 3:11 we learn that God values every person. No matter their race, gender, family of origin or social status. This, however, does not lead to sameness. We all reflect the image of God in a unique and beautiful way. It means we are all equally valuable and worthy of being shown dignity and respect.
Our goal is for these convictions to guide our stories as they guide our lives. In a letter to a friend, C.S. Lewis once wrote, “It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.”
BRANDON PORTER is the editor of Kentucky Today and communications director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org