- Psalm 27:10 (NASB)
Today I posted a news story about a husband and wife who were expecting a baby (see "Wrongful Birth"). The couple underwent tests after they were advised of the chance that their baby would be born with defects. Although the tests came back negative, the child did in fact have genetic defects. The couple, feeling like they had been denied the opportunity to abort their “defective” child, sued the medical groups which had given them the pre-natal test results.
The truth is that this couple has abandoned their child. But God has not nor will He turn His back upon this baby. The Lord holds a special place for the ones whom society rejects. That is how far God’s grace goes.
This story also reminds me that this is our world. These parents are receiving sympathy and compensation for the fact that they did were denied the right to kill their child. In other words, since the parents are now subjected to the hassle of caring for their baby and the challenges he poses, they are the victims. Our world is so fallen.
What should a believer do when he or she comes across a story such as this? I am convicted that God’s people must cling to God’s truth.
By clinging to God’s truth, I mean that the church must never be taken in by the warped thinking of the world. I do believe that truth is becoming more difficult for some to see. But for the Church, it should be clear.
What is the truth as it pertains to this story? The truth is that all life is precious, even when it comes with defects. The world’s truth states that some life deserves no chance to be lived. Church, do not accept what the world tells you. In God’s eyes, there is no such thing as a “wrongful birth”.
Something else that can be observed from this story is that burdens can be blessings. After caring for a family member for almost a decade, I know this fact experientially. It is just like God to turn serving others into something from which we receive joy, fulfillment, and contentment.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
- James 1:2-4 (NKJV)
Burdens, according to God’s word, can not only be joyous but they can also make us better people. The Church must never forget this truth but live it out in front of the world by the way we live.
My point is that God’s people must be different from the world. We must also confront the world with our difference. What makes us different? The truth by which we live makes us peculiar.
- Pastor Randy
 I understand that these verses are directed toward Christians.