As countries like Iceland rejoice in diminishing numbers of people with Down Syndrome due to abortion, and other clips and stories emerge of people pulling the old Nazi Mater Race theories on those with Down Syndrome as the societal burdens that they are, it's nice that we can sit back and celebrate these human beings made in the image of God.
But today, even as we get rid of these yucky notions of death penalty and just war, the forces behind this development seem diligent in pushing for broadening just when we, personally, can end life for our own convenience. With medical technology where it is, we are laying the ground work for birthing only little Master Race people, with any runts or other unwanted dutifully exterminated before they can become burdens to society or our own happy little family plans.
It's frightening if you think on it. It's as if no matter what humans realize in life, there will always be a new movement to drag us down to the mire of sin and death. The only thing more stunning that the evils behind such thinking is the stunning silence among Christian New Pro-Life advocates who insist they are about the whole person - which usually means they believe the only hope for salvation and righteousness means aligning with the political Left. Because the political Left is by platform and dogma open to almost all forms of eliminating unwanted humans, including those with Down Syndrome, the NPL Christians have adopted a 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' approach. When one aligns with Nazis, what can you do but insist you don't smell anything?
So because the forces of this present darkness seem to have found a new target, and Christians who should be the first to rise up in their defense have chosen to look the other way, there is no better time than now to join in this day to celebrate those who not only bring their own gift of life to the world, but those of us who have so much to learn from them.