What does Stand For Life believe?
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”
Why is every human life worthy of our affirmation and defense?
It all started in the beginning. The Creator completed five installments of His awe-inspiring creation plan, bringing bustling, multiplying life in countless forms. Birds squawked, leaves rustled in the breeze, fish darted through streams…
But the best of creation was yet to come.
In His perfect wisdom and creativity, God reached into the dust of the earth and formed the first ever human being. And then a second, formed from the rib of the first.
With boundless creativity, our Creator completed His creation plan with humankind. Humans now walk the earth, modeling His likeness and reflecting His image in all they do, say, and think.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them.”
No other creature was made in the imago Dei. No other living thing received a blessing from the Creator within its first moments of life. God set humans apart the minute that dust turned to flesh…when His breath poured into new lungs.
The image of God is intrinsic to the very substance of our being. It defines who we are to our very core.
“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And it wasn’t just about how we were created…it was also what we were created for. The Creator had a role for humans to play, a role that reflected His own.
We are called to create, care for and cultivate, building a world vibrant with culture, innovation, and beauty. Our earthly role was designed to help all of creation thrive, bringing glory to our Creator.
But if we’re looking at the world we live in today, it’s obvious that something went amiss.
Despite the goodness of creation, the first humans decided that becoming like God was more intriguing than being in submission to Him. They disobeyed His loving command, marring—yet not destroying—the imago Dei.
“The Son is the image of the invisible God…”
This was not the end of the story. Jesus Christ entered our broken world, displaying the imago Dei perfectly and wondrously to crowds of hurting and vulnerable image bearers. And it changed everything.
His death and resurrection created a path back to a perfect relationship with our Creator God, placing the incomprehensible love of our Creator on glorious display.
In Christ, we are declared new creations, swept up in the greater narrative of reconciliation. As we begin to journey the Gospel’s narrow path, the imago Dei begins to shine more within us.
And when we see the same image in those around us—the sinners and the saints—everything changes.
What happens when you functionally believe in the Image of God?
Stand For Life unequivocally believes that every human being bears the Image of God. This belief shapes who we are and how we interact with the world. It empowers us to build a culture where life is affirmed, defended, and celebrated in all its forms. Where humans flourish.
We believe that this theological ethic should be consistently applied to every human life.
When our focus shifts from how we differ to finding God’s fingerprint in every person, how we interact with each other transforms. How we think about, speak to, and what we do to care for each other looks more and more like God’s heart..
The Image of God is the foundation on which we Stand for Life.