Our Bible verse for today: “As he was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him: ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered. ‘This came about so that God’s works might be displayed in him.” John 9:1-3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “All lives matter”
Recently I saw a video on Facebook of a children’s choir giving a performance in church. The children were all lined up on the stage, standing still shoulder to shoulder, hands at their sides, and singing their song. All except for one little girl with Down’s Syndrome. She started out standing still with the rest of them, but then she starts to sway with the music; then she begins to stomp her feet; then she leans her head back, raises her hands, and really begins to belt out the song. And then she starts doing some dance moves. And I mean, she was really moving! All the while the rest of the kids were standing still with their hands at their sides, well-behaved, and trying hard to remember their lines.
The video was hilarious but also inspiring. That little girl with Down’s Syndrome was completely uninhibited. The Spirit in her was moving her to worship, and she was determined to let it out and let it rip! And she did. By the way, the video went viral and has been seen by thousands of people.
Some people would question the value of the life of a child with Down’s Syndrome, or with any other major lifelong disability. There are secular ethicists who write books and articles, and who give lengthy speeches at scholarly conferences at places like Harvard University, who try to make the case that some life is less valuable than other life, especially because of things like Down’s Syndrome, and that child should have been aborted in the womb, or that her life should have been terminated shortly after birth. Their thinking is that such a life consumes resources that could be better applied to healthier people who make more of a contribution to society.
The Biblical teaching however, is that all life is valued by God and that He has a purpose and a plan for every person. Also, as we learn in John 9:1-3, all people, in all circumstances, can bring glory to God and they can bless and inspire others. That little girl in the video was an absolute hoot and I found myself wishing I knew her. I was certainly blessed by her style of worshipping God!
Over the next few days we’re going to explore this thought a little more. What about those people who are mentally and physically handicapped? Do their lives matter too? And if so, in what way? God says that all live matters – and therefore so do I.