Because human beings are created by God in His image, life itself is sacred and has intrinsic value from conception to natural death. Therefore, we are committed to the sanctity of the life of the unborn, the nurture of victims of abortion, the protection of children from abuse and exploitation, the provision for the homeless and hungry, the care of the mentally and physically ill and disabled, the protection of the elderly from neglect and abuse, the dignity of the dying, the rehabilitation of addicts and criminals, and, in general, the care of “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40).
In sum, all people are to be treated with respect and shown the love of Christ in practical and spiritual ways (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7, 21-24; Ex. 4:11; 20:13; Job 1:21; Ps. 22:9-10; 71:6; 127:3; 139:13-16; Isa. 45:9-11; Jer. 7:6; 22:3; Mk. 12:31; Rom. 9:20-21).