One of the happiest people in my life is a little girl with Down’s syndrome.
It is rare to see her without a smile, and she’s content doing the simplest of things. Today, we played ‘basketball’. That meant that for about 20 minutes, she would toss a basketball to me, and I would bounce it back to her. Her giggles were contagious; I couldn’t help but smile as I watched how happy this made her.
Yet, as I played this game with her, a thought kept repeating in the back of my head, and it made me more and more furious.
Because I kept thinking about the fact that there are so many out there who would deem her life not worth living.
Do you know that in Denmark, 98 percent of pre-born babies with Down’s syndrome are aborted? In other first world nations, especially in Europe, the percentages are tracked between 90 and 92 percent. These numbers are HORRIFYING.
They show that the bulk of parents, doctors, and society look at a baby that is going to be born with disabilities, and deem their life invaluable, not worth living.
Folks, this massacre of those whose future lives we deem invaluable extend far beyond babies with extra chromosomes. Whether based on physical or mental disabilities, or simply the difficult circumstances a child will be entering into, so many look at their child’s future, and simply decide that it isn’t worth living.
I can’t even comprehend this. Who are WE to judge the value of a life?
Who are we to think that a child’s life won’t be worth living just because there will be struggles? Who are we to look at broken lives, homeless lives, hurting lives, impoverished lives and think that their struggles negate their value.
WHO. ARE. WE.
In Psalm 139:13-14, the Psalmist rejoices over the value of life, writing,
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Yet, we decide that even as beautifully as life is put together, formed, and lived, certain lives are invaluable. Folks, we HAVE to change our mindset towards the value of people, both born and unborn. Every single life has great value, whether it’s black, white, or neither; American or refugee; born or unborn; Republican or Democrat; struggling or put together.
Jesus broke himself for humanity to be drawn close. Who are we to judge what he deemed valuable enough to die for as anything less?
(PC: Genetics Home Reference-NIH)