Exclusion of Christ

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by way of Lance Nixon’s piece on Down Syndrome and human worth in last month’s Touchstone Magazine:

“The exclusion of the weak and insignificant, the seemingly useless people, from a Christian community may actually mean the exclusion of Christ; in the poor brother Christ is knocking at the door.”

Nixon notes a 1999 study in the medical journal Prenatal Diagnosis which found that 90 percent of babies who are determined in utero to have Down Syndrome are subsequently aborted.


  1. Sheila Harding

    In Morris West’s The Clowns of God (ISBN: 06880044900), the story’s Christ-figure, holding a little girl with Down Syndrome on his lap, is addressing a gathering of people:

    ‘(This little one) is necessary to you. She will evoke the kindness that will keep you human. Her infirmity will prompt you to gratitude…She will remind you every day that I am who I am, that my ways are not yours, and that the smallest dust mite whirled in the darkest spaces does not fall out of my hand…I have chosen you. You have not chosen me. This little one is my sign to you. Treasure her!’

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