Certainly another moral revolution in our time has been the change from a high view of life as a gift from God (pro-life) to a low view of life as a development of man’s evolutionary “progress”. John Knight at “Desiring God” has a fine post about how our society has turned against the disabled in recent times and how the church should respond according to the truth of God’s Word. More good thoughts for us as we look at culture issues this Saturday. The fellow Christians I know who have Down’s syndrome children would be quick to tell you how blessed they have been by God’s gift of these special seed of the covenant. Eternity will reveal the invaluable place Christ gave such in His body.
Developing programs is helpful, but it does not need to be complicated to get started. You can begin by consistently affirming that God is in control and every life matters. Just last week a dad stood up in a seminar and told the group that it was the strong pro-life message of his church that gave him the conviction needed to welcome his unborn child with Down syndrome into his family.
Earlier this year I met a young couple who, radiating the love of Jesus, told us the story of how their small church — less than 100 people — surrounded them with prayer and love and persistent presence when their baby girl with Down syndrome was born.
Church, please, trust God and pursue the good of these little ones, for his glory and for your good. Soak in God’s word and embrace his sovereignty over all things before the challenge comes:
- He knits little babies with genetic anomalies together (Psalm 139:13-16).
- He will never leave us or forsake us; “The Lord is my helper” (Hebrews 13:5-6).
- He will supply every need (Philippians 4:19).
- He is “righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works” (Psalm 145:17).
- He is purposeful in hard things like disability, and that purpose is glorious: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).