“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope” Romans 8:20
The speaker at my school’s chapel presentation yesterday said something that bothered me. He spoke about his daughter who was born with Down’s syndrome. He repeatedly remarked how perfect she was, what a blessing she was to him and his family. Then there was the kicker. He said, “when I get to heaven I will wish that I had born with an extra chromosome.”
Yes Down’s syndrome patients are people, and we can certainly love them and learn from them, but are they better off than the rest of us?
The Bible says that at creation humans were good. In fact the whole world was good, but if you look at the world today, you’ll see a whole lot that is not good. Sex trafficking, children soldiers, famine, disease. . .if this is someone’s idea of a perfect world it’s awfully disappointing.
Whether you like it or not, bad things have found their way into the world. I believe genetic disorders like Down’s syndrome are examples of bad things.
But wait! What is the last word of that verse up there? Hope. Why should there be any hope? The next verse tells us: “that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” Just as the world started out perfect, it will be returned to its former state. That is God’s grand scheme. If you believe the here and now is perfect, you’re never going to get anything better. Wait for what’s truly perfect, and you will not be disappointed.