Friday, April 24, 2009

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Atheletes, Politics and Down Syndrome Adoptions

Outspoken Christian atheletes are nothing new, but it still warms the heart to hear from "muscular Christians" who live admirable lives. Recently I learned that two-time Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols of the Saint Louis Cardinals is such a man:

Becoming a great baseball player is important to me, but it is not my primary focus. Because I know the Hall of Fame is not my ultimate final destination ... My life’s goal is to bring glory to Jesus. My life is not mostly dedicated to the Lord, it is 100% committed to Jesus Christ and His will. God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball. But baseball is not the end; baseball is the means by which Dee Dee and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I would also rather be known as a great husband and father than an All-Star baseball player. Perhaps one day I could be honored with an invitation into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. That would certainly be a boyhood dream of mine come true, but it is a far greater honor that one day I will be in heaven with God to enjoy Him forever.
Albert's Pujols Family Foundation is devoted to serving Down syndrome children and their parents. Of course, the Vice Presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin--mother of Down syndrome baby Trig--has drawn attention to the plight of these children, including the apalling statistic that abortion rates for these children may run upwards of 90%. In fact, the attention gained provoked some abortion advocates and industry practitioners to chillingly confess their preference that such children not live to see the light of day.

Perhaps as important, though less famous, are cases such as that of US Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, whose son Cole's condition has prompted her to become a vocal leader in Congress. Down syndrome children have rapidly given pro-lifers a focus for their efforts and the opening to do something concrete and positive: Down syndrome adoptions.

1 comment:

  1. I have several friends who have taken the DS test during their pregnancy. It isn't required, but the doctors scared them into it. In both cases, my friends were told that it was highly likely their children would be born with DS because of inconclusive blood work and the fact that the babies were smaller than usual. All THREE babies were born without DS. I think much of the issue lies at the feet of the medical community and the insurance companies. When we were adopting our twins, the agency told us that one of the boys might have DS...but he didn't. In all of these cases the doctors encouraged abortion as an answer to DS. We are so quick to try and play God; making decisions for those who do not have a voice, who have been knit together in HIs image.

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