I wrote this blog series about a year ago, but when I went to post it, God stopped me. “Wait,” He said.
A year later, His instruction seems to make a little more sense to me than it did then. The year 2020 has been remarkable, not only because of all the upheaval in the lives of people around the world, but also because social isolation has helped average people understand issues that they might otherwise never have had to deal with.
Isolation, loneliness, being housebound, the frustration of not knowing when everything will end—these are only a few of the things that some people have to deal with every day of their lives. Our struggles with these things will likely end with the arrival of a vaccine, but for a sizeable group of people, a vaccine will bring no relief to the road of suffering and isolation that they travel. Through the coronavirus crisis, we might have experienced a glimpse of their suffering, but those of us who are average can in no way understand its breadth and depth.
You see, this blog series will examine disability as it plays out today in the body of Christ.
As baby boomers age, as medical science progresses to enable more and more physically disabled people to not only survive but thrive in our society, I hope that we who are able-bodied will take some time to critically examine our own preconceptions and misconceptions regarding disabled people and their role in the body of Christ. They have an important role, and to deny them their place is to stomp on the image of God.
To start, I’d ask that you take the time to read the article that inspired me to write this series.
Think about it. Take notes. Let it disturb you. If you’re the journalling type, allow it to spur you to write.
You probably won’t agree with the theology of everything you read—I know I didn’t. But this article contains a lot of rich thought that warrants further discussion.