“God’s call isn’t to be exclusively pro-child or pro-woman. Both the prenatal child and her mother were created in the image of God.”

The image of God is found in every distinct, living human. This means that even prenatal children bear the image of God. It also means that their parents (including the mother carrying them) bear the image of God as well. In a culture that has polarized the issue of abortion into mutually exclusive camps of either being “pro-baby” or “pro-woman” how can Christians find a way forward that recognizes, cherishes, and upholds the image of God in both prenatal children and their mothers?

Application Questions

1. How have you tended to be pro-baby or pro-woman in the past in exclusion of the other?

2. How can we love and communicate God’s grace to those who have had abortions in the past?

3. How can we as a church community serve and love prenatal children and their parents in ways that empower parents to know that they aren’t stuck and that they have realistic choices other than abortion?

4. What are practical ways that you can sacrifice and set your own life and desires aside for the blessing and support of prenatal children and their parents?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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