“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” ~Proverbs 31:8
In the church today, there is sometimes an unhealthy — and unnecessary division between what are commonly seen as “life” and “justice” issues.
Life: Within the Body you have courageous Christians who focus on the beginning of life, who are committed to speaking up for preborn children and meeting the needs of their mothers. They understand that those who have believed the lie that abortion is just a choice like any other choice — to their sorrow and regret — and offer healing and restoration to those wounded by abortion.
Justice: Also within the Body are committed Christians who focus on justice issues, such as orphan care, serving those with special needs, as well as victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and caring for the immigrant and those in poverty. They take to heart the sobering words of Jesus: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
The Image of God: BOTH issues stem from the understanding that from the formation of a child’s first tiny cell to life’s final breath, all life has dignity and value because each and every one of us is made in the image of God.
And that is why when we talk about being “pro-life,” it’s not just about a political issue. It’s a worldview…it’s a life-view. It’s a way of looking at each human life that transcends culture, class, race, age and opinion. It’s like a new set of glasses that helps us to see the world with greater clarity: seeing people through God’s eyes changes how we respond to them.
Focus on the Family 2013, Thriving Pastor: Life and Justice “A Resource Guide for Churches”