Why The Church needs the disabled community just as much as the disability community needs The Church

Lately I have been contemplating my spiritual journey up to this point in my life and also considering others who are in similar situations as I am. What I have found concerns me and should be considered by many churches as an area they need to improve upon.

What I’ve found was that many churches view the disabled community as a portion of society who desperately needs to be ministered to or healed while virtually completely ignoring the possibility of a person with a disability being an active participant in the work a church is doing in other areas. While I do acknowledge that many people with a disability seek healing and help, there are others who are like me who choose to use their disability as a teaching point to bring others closer to Christ.

I firmly believe God had a purpose in giving me Spina Bifida and that purpose was never to make me a chronically depressed or angry person. God gave me Spina Bifida in order for me to reach people in a unique way who are in unique situations. I would not have this great opportunity had I not been born with a disability.

People with disabilities have the opportunity to show God’s watchful hand of guidance manifested in their lives. Personally I can tell you story after story of God’s protection over me throughout my life. It is that story that I wish to tell over and over again with the hope that people will hear it and love God deeper.

But unfortunately many of these stories go untold because churches are afraid to embrace people who are dramatically different than they are. Until we as the body of Christ followers can overcome this fear of differences The Church will miss out on great opportunities to reach those who need Christ daily.

Have a blessed day.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

John 9:1-3

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Myths about people with disabilities debunked

Myth 1) A wheelchair bound person is chronically ill.

Fact: Not all people who use wheelchairs are ill. A wheelchair is a device that aids people in being more mobile. A persons inability to walk many times has nothing to do with their brains ability to function at a normal level. I know many people with disabilities who can have deep meaningful conversations and have contributed great things to their community and to society as a whole.

Myth 2) People with disabilities never like talking about their disabilities.

Fact: Many people with disabilities don’t mind it, in fact most people with disabilities would much rather you ask and get accurate information about that person rather than assuming something and being completely wrong. Now I know there are exceptions to everything and I know there are some people who become defensive when asked about their disability but their reaction is their fault not yours. If we are going to bridge the gap between people with disabilities and mainstream society we must be willing to openly have these kind of conversations. 

Myth 3) People with disabilities are always looking for help.

Fact: People with disabilities more often than not just want the chance to do things on their own without someone running to their rescue. As previously stated, I recognize that this is not always the case and that some people want the easy way out and take advantage of people’s willingness to help them. Let me be clear on this next point. If you run to the rescue of a person with a disability every time they ask then you are doing them an incredible disservice. You’re fishing for them rather than teaching them to fish. There will always be a gap between mainstream society and the disabled community if we do not first let people with disabilities try things for themselves.

Myth 4) The disabled community will always be disadvantaged in society.

I firmly believe that people with disabilities can do great things in spite of their disability. We must first overcome some barriers that are in place but it can be done. It is through this blog and my other forms of media that we can change the culture enough that people with disabilities will be seen as equal to their peers and to be given the same chances others have gotten.