God has specifically warned against abusing those who live with disability, even reminding us who we should fear:
You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:14 ESV)
Those who kill smaller human beings who are disabled or sick, those unborn or newly born, through active means like surgical instruments or passive means like starving them to death, all share one characteristic: they are stronger than the human beings they are killing.
We need to warn them. God sees everything:
The LORD looks down from heaven;
he sees all the children of man;
from where he sits enthroned he looks out
on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions the hearts of them all
and observes all their deeds.
(Psalm 33:13-15 ESV)
In this Advent season, we can be lulled into thinking of Jesus in limited ways. Pastor Jason pointed out yesterday that the picture of a cute, helpless little baby in a manger is grossly inadequate. He is the King of kings and Lord of Lords, and there is more to him than just mercy:
I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near:
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the forehead of Moab
and break down all the sons of Sheth.
(Numbers 24:17 ESV)
In fact, he is so fearsome that the strong and powerful will hope to be crushed by mountains rather than face him:
Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” (Revelation 6:15-17 ESV)
He is coming. Every evil done to every child with a disability will end. We must warn them, and ask God to give us a heart to do so.
Or at least I need to ask God to do so in my heart, because warning isn’t usually my thought for people who kill and abuse our children.