The dissonance raised by the nonacceptance of persons with disabilities and the acceptance of grace through Christ’s broken body necessitates that the church find new ways of interpreting disability. – Nancy Eiesland
Today’s “theological liberalism” doesn’t oppose conservatism. It opposes JUSTICE.
Honoring the dignity of your neighbor expresses love for him. Rightly esteeming the worth of your neighbor is justice.
Worshipping God while remaining complicit in a system that, by its very nature, devalues God’s image bearers, makes him into a ‘tribal deity.’
The integrity of the Gospel through which we have been saved places us in dynamic relationship to the triune God and His body, making us complicit with Him as we follow Him into the world.
Satan has claimed and is claiming the minds, the bodies the souls of millions of God’s image bearers. He slaps labels on them, labels that he feels devalue them, that enable him to score them on the cheap, to say “They are mine, Game Over,” drop them into his sack and head off looking for more.
How we attach the label “disabled” is influenced by context. Changing the context can change reality.
These barriers of attitude and economy, of structure and power – which “we the normal” have constructed, cementing them with “normalization” of ourselves and our own horizons of ability – not only push people with disabilities to the margin… they serve to keep them there – to keep them away.
We’ve been taking on a couple of prevalent ideas about disability: first, that it’s a problem that involves certain individuals’ brains and/or bodies and secondly, that “we’re all disabled” in one form or another. Yes, everyone is different. And no one is able to be or do everything they might like to be or do….
A summary of instances of official corruption from the annual Trafficking in Persons report should lead us to weep, pray and GET BUSY!