We live in a universe that’s constantly calculating the value of people with disability, even yet we know that they’re priceless.
In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the pre-reformed Ebenezer Scrooge says that if the bad and crippled are going to die “they had better do it, and diminution the over-abundance population,” difference he bitterly regrets when the Ghost of Christmas Present shows him one of these “surplus” people—Tiny Tim.
Echoes of Scrooge were found in a new viral video in which a Dutch open health central appears to explain to a man with Down syndrome that he’s costing multitude approximately “48 thousand Euros a year,” almost 10 times what supposed “normal” persons cost annually.
“Wow,” says the immature man with Down syndrome.
The video understandably sparked outrage on social media. But as it turns out, the outrage in this instance was misplaced.
The folks over at Hot Air did a little digging and found that the offending clip, which was from a two-year-old TV series called “The Last Downer,” was constructed by an devout Christian broadcasting company and hosted by two people with Down syndrome. In context, this Dutch central with the chalkboard, evidently, was making the case for valuing those with disability, not a case against them. Thank God, this sold Scrooge incited out to be fictional.
But tragically, the thought of tallying the value of a person’s life is anything but fiction. There really is a campaign to eliminate people with incapacity since of their cost and inconvenience. Back in August, news pennyless that several European countries, many particularly Iceland, are impending a 100 percent termination rate for babies diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome.
And make no mistake: this is what a materialist worldview always fundamentally does to people, in one way or another—calculates their usefulness. To those who don’t acknowledge the surpassing and equal grace imparted to all by inlet of being done in the picture of God, it’s only healthy to use some foreign peculiarity by which to allot a cost tab to individuals.
But Christians have something radically opposite and pleasing to offer—a prophesy of umbrella adore secure in the common amiability and the instance of Jesus.
Few men accepted this better than Chuck Colson and R. C. Sproul. For these two giants in the faith, the value of any person no matter his or her ability was some-more than just an egghead position. It was deeply personal. Both were grandfathers sanctified by God with grandchildren who had a disability.
Yes, we used the word “blessed” there, delicately and intentionally. Chuck pronounced that he couldn’t suppose the Colson family but his grandson Max, who has autism. “This former Nixon ‘hatchet man’ has schooled some-more about adore from Max than from anyone else,” Chuck mostly said.
My crony Joni Eareckson Tada featured the story of Max and his mom, Emily, on a radio special several years ago. Also featured was clergy and apologist R. C. Sproul, who just last week entered the Lord’s glory. Sproul spent his life teaching on the government of God. But that faith was tested when God sanctified his son’s family with Shannon, a pleasing little girl with a singular brain disorder.
For fifteen years, Shannon brought “warmth and umbrella love” to the Sproul family before tragically flitting divided in 2012, shortly after her mom. we can only suppose the joyous reunion that she, her mother, and her grandfather have now experienced.
Folks, this is just how worldviews work—at slightest when we’re being consistent. To counterfeit Deuteronomy, before us has been laid “life and death, blessings and curses.” Those on the side of life must remind the universe that a person’s value can never be tallied on a chalkboard. We must never put a cost tab on blessings that God considers priceless.
Blessings with Disabilities: You Can’t Put a Price Tag on What’s Priceless
Worldviews do matter. Christians see every life as changed since we are all done in the picture of God. Check out the available radio special John mentioned, put out by Joni and Friends. You can get a duplicate at the online bookstore.