Why Do All Lives Matter?

We have heard so much about lives that matter. Do all lives matter and if so, why? The Bible clearly answers that question leaving no room for doubt.

Genesis 1:27 states: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” I am one of those who believes that image of God means that we are God’s representatives on earth and therefore have dominion over the rest of creation (Genesis 1:26). We have a special relationship with God.

The late theologian John Stott expands on the possible meaning of “Image of God”: “Firstly, we human beings are rational and self-conscious. Secondly, we are moral, having a conscience that urges us to do what we perceive to be right. Thirdly, we are creative like our Creator, able to appreciate what is beautiful to the ear and the eye. Fourthly, we are social, able to establish with one another authentic relationships of love. For God is love, and by making us in his own image, he has given us the capacity to love him and others. Fifthly, we have a spiritual faculty that makes us hunger after God. Thus we are uniquely able to think and to choose, to create, to love, and to worship.” (Through the Bible-Through the Year, p.18)

As a result of being made in the image of God, we have incredible value as human beings. It also demands equality. As a result of the fall of man through Adam that image was marred but not destroyed (Genesis 9:6, James 3:9). Fallen man has not done well to live up to the high creation calling. It is only through the cross that the image of God can begin a restoration process in a person’s life. The Apostle Paul writes that a follower of Christ having “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”

All lives matter so much because we were all created in the image of God. Therefore, we must have a strong commitment to value life whether that life is in the womb, on a death bed or anything in between. We must also treat each other with deep respect regardless of our differences. May the Lord help us to do it well as human beings and especially as those who claim to know Him.