My Christian conversion at 17 years-old was cheap — something I share with many folks. My best friend and girlfriend were Christian — it only made sense that I join the party. OK, that is an oversimplification – if you want, you can read about how the death of my best friend was the actual catalyst to my conversion.
But that is not the point of this post. Today I coincidentally ran into two different sites with short films where the actors are adults with Down Syndrome. Heck, maybe God was speaking to me and it wasn’t a coincidence! Joking. But these videos brought back memories of how my encounters with individuals with Down Syndrome served as seeds which later blossomed in my forest of doubt concerning Christianity.
My High School Christian girlfriend volunteered at an institution for clients with Down Syndrome. I remember greatly admiring her kindness and volunteer spirit. But I also remember our unsatisfactory conversations about what happens to those who can’t understand or don’t care about the whole Jesus salvation story. I won’t discuss that now because my readers understand all those issues. Instead I want to share these videos because they not only brought back these memories, but because they also inspired me to again think about the importance of understanding the hearts of those so different from ourselves.