The Sacred Image

This video will get you.  I’m not a mushy guy but this video got me.  It is an Italian production made for World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st).

Through seminary and several years into pastoring, I worked part-time at a group home.  4 young guys who happened to have various developmental/intellectual disabilities.  One of them had Down Syndrome.  Working with these fellows was often tedious but frequently wonderful.  It left an impact on me that remains.

Reflecting upon this beautiful video gives me pause.  Having known and cared deeply for individuals with Down Syndrome (and other disabilities) has been humbling.  It has also put me on my guard.  We live in a society where the value of human lives is often weighed upon the basis of capabilities.  Instead we need to weigh each human life upon the basis of its nature.  And the nature of human life is that it is precious.  Each human life is sacred, made in the wonderful image of God.  That is a Bible truth but sometimes it takes a wonderful little video to rediscover that truth.

Today, in the Western world, 90-92% of people with Down Syndrome are aborted before they are born.  Why?  Many because parents give in to the fear that this video gently addresses.  But also because something has been forgotten; that every human life is sacred, precious, and a gift.  Today, our friends and neighbours with Down Syndrome have a gift to give us – a reminder of that.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  

And God blessed them.

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