This is from John Piper’s sermon, “Born Blind for the Glory of God (link).
Haiti happens every day in the world’s abortion clinics, where 130,000 human lives are destroyed. In the United States 3,000 die daily, crushed in the earthquake of abortion (more than the 2,976 who died in the 9/11 attacks).
With the advent of widespread prenatal testing availability, a kind of “eugenics by abortion” is growing, as parents kill their disabled offspring at a horrific rate. As Wesley Smith writes, “Americans may heartily cheer participants in the Special Olympics, but we abort some 90 percent of all gestating infants diagnosed with genetic disabilities such as Down Syndrome, dwarfism, and spina bifida.”
The Christian Bible has a message to speak: There is both forgiveness for those guilty of abortion and a whole new way of thinking about disability. God is the one who knits together humanity in the womb, and God has his good and perfect designs in every disability.
Jesus shows us that the man born blind in John 9 was disabled for the glory of God, for his own good, and for the good of countless others. Not only did Jesus physically heal him, but then he pursued him, to perform the ultimate healing: opening his spiritual eyes to see the glory of the Son of God.
In every disability and death, Jesus is at work, for his Father’s glory and for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
I was thinking along the same lines as Piper in regards to Haiti. I am grateful for the media coverage and outpouring of aid for Haiti. I gathered this past Saturday at the Capitol Building in Boise, Idaho for a “walk for life” and there was no such fanfare or attention. Their blood cries out and very few wish to listen.
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