“Do not insult the deaf or cause the blind to stumble. You must fear your God; I am the Lord.”
Leviticus 19:14, NLT
“I served as eyes for the blind and feet for the lame.”
Job 29:15, NLT
Our disabilities can give us a rough time of it. Being mentally ill– whether with depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, autism spectrum, etc can create many challenges. In some sense, those of us with physical or mental issues are all in the same boat. Many of us are physically, mentally, or developmentally disabled.
Or are we? I suspect that there are a million permutations (or more) of disability. One is in a wheelchair and suffers from migraines and depression. Another has severe anxiety. Others have little or no self-control and is becoming a drunkard, and yet another is just a child but diagnosed as autistic.
The fact of labeling people often diminishes them into categories. A young child with Downs Syndrome is often labeled, and they seldom have the opportunities that ‘normal’ children receive. This is usually an unconscious reaction to their handicap.
In Nazi Germany, those with a mental or physical illness were rounded up and sterilized or euthanized (murdered) to achieve an ‘Aryan superiority.’ Systematically, untold thousands of disabled people were executed. We call this “eugenics” and it still is alive and well in the 21st century. It is rampant in a world that embraces “social darwinism” as its ideology.
We must remember these things. We also need to understand that we shouldn’t compare people with people. And we dare not pass judgement on anyone who is different. Disabled people should not wear labels, especially when ‘normal’ people slap it on us. A person’s perceived value should never, ever be part of a Christian believer’s agenda.
- Holocaust Eugenics coverage shouldn’t exclude disabled people (blogs.independent.co.uk)
- Bad attitudes do not cause disability any more than good attitudes guarantee health (blogs.independent.co.uk)
- Ministry & the Mentally Ill, Once More (brokenbelievers.com)
- Autism Linked to Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder (news.softpedia.com)
- The Autism Epidemic (neatorama.com)