What if we took the image of God seriously? First of all, regardless of what the law of the land says, we would know abortion, except to save the life of a mother, is a violation of the image of God. Secondly, the women who have had abortions, and the men who have helped them have abortions, would not feel like scum because James 3:9 says you don’t disdain, you don’t demonize, you don’t curse, you offer grace to everybody. You see, if we believed in the image of God and say abortion is wrong, we wouldn’t make women who have had abortions feel terrible. And we wouldn’t be single-issue people. We would be for all of the poor and all of the weak and all of the marginal. Which would make us a very unusual community, wouldn’t we? Now let’s be that.
Tim Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York.