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Extra Chromosome #21: Designed by God

I love Mitchell, Tommy, and Karis. They’re a special part of our congregation and they have a special place in my heart – I’m thankful that God has allowed us to minister to them and their families. What makes them special is that they all have a third copy of chromosome #21 in their DNA.

Most of us have only two of the 21st chromosome (they come in pairs) but those with Down syndrome have one extra – by God’s design. Even though they bring special and unique challenges to their families, I know they are loved and cherished and embraced as gifts from God as is every child. But not everyone thinks so.

I recently read an article about Alaska’s Governor who learned that her child would have Down syndrome and chose to let her child live, a choice that goes against the current of today’s culture where many choose to abort babies if they are diagnosed as having Down syndrome. My heart broke (not surprised) as I reflected that a majority of babies considered inferior are aborted. Albert Mohler writes:

Modern diagnostic tests are driving a “search and destroy mission” to eliminate babies judged to be inferior, disabled, or deformed. Some experts now believe that up to 90 percent of all pregnancies diagnosed as having a likelihood of Down syndrome end in abortion.

Back in 2005, ethicist George Neumayr commented: “Each year in America fewer and fewer disabled infants are born. The reason is eugenic abortion. Doctors and their patients use prenatal technology to screen unborn children for disabilities, then they use that information to abort a high percentage of them. Without much scrutiny or debate, a eugenics designed to weed out the disabled has become commonplace.” Read the rest of the article here.

I don’t want to pretend that I know what God is doing when he gives us children who have an extra chromosome (or any other difficulty). But I do know that we should let them live. I do know that we should love them, and teach them, and care for them, and protect them. I do know that we should walk the path that God has called us to by embracing the little ones (who grow into adults) that God gives to us. And when we do this with grace, contentment, and perseverance, we will be more like Jesus, and the Father will be pleased with us.

So, when you see the joyful smile of a child with an extra chromosome – give thanks to God, and see them for all their worth: created in the image of God and valued by Him.

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