It’s time to explore the truth (and myths) about our disabled population. Don’t run! For those who preach and teach the Word of God, your calling includes those with diseases and disabilities. I urge you to evaluate your attitude regarding them.
Consider the following questions with reflection and examination. Be both teacher and student, presenter and evaluator. Don’t answer immediately. Ponder.
- Do you think people with disabilities are equipped with extra bravery, courage, or internal fortitude?
- Do you think God allows certain people to have disabilities because He knows they can handle adversity?
- Do you think individuals or families affected by disabilities are allowed to get angry or doubt their faith?
- Do you think disabilities only affect disabled individuals, or do disabilities affect others too?
- Do you think people know someone is disabled because they look different or they use visible devices (such as wheelchairs, crutches, prosthetic devices, or breathing apparatus)? Do you think those with disabilities are physically disfigured?
- Do you think the largest group with significant needs is under age 25?
- Do you think only those who specialize in medicine, psychology, or education can provide disability care?
- Do you think the Christian community brings a significant amount of supportive care to families with disabled members?
- Do you think a church must have specialized curriculum, classrooms, and experts to have a disability care ministry?
- Do you think Scripture provides the most important support?
Before Christ was crucified, He stated these timeless words: “The truth will make you free” (John 8:32). To live in freedom, we must know truth then allow truth to guide us. May grace and peace continue to be your steadfast guide as you seek the truth about the disabled and how your ministry or church might share Christ’s love with them.