(First posted on http://irresistiblechurch.org/disability-gospel-part-3-5/)
In my previous post, we addressed the “us” versus “them” worldview by declaring that God became one of us. And while this essentially eliminated that unbiblical perspective, I want to ask one more question. This question, once again, comes from a flawed worldview. The question is this… Does God view people with disabilities differently than typical people?In order to address this question, I want to look at two primary passages of scripture.
The first scripture I want to consider is likely one of the most popular passages used by people in the disability ministry movement – Psalm 139. Rather than me writing this Psalm out, I wanted to share it with you through a different approach. I want to allow many of my friends from First Christian Day Services tell you Psalm 139. First Christian Day Services is a ministry of First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio.
My friends say this Psalm better than I could ever write it. They believe and embrace the words that they have spoken. They believe that God made them wonderfully – or as Joey says, “beautifully.” They embrace how they have been made, regardless of the labels they have received from people.
Ephesians 2:10 is another verse that makes a powerful statement about how God views us. Paul writes, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (NIV). Depending on which translation you read, handiwork is also translated as workmanship, accomplishment or masterpiece. I love the idea that God sees us as a work of art, something that He has accomplished, a masterpiece! Pause, and embrace that for just a moment. Soak in the fact that God views you this way. How would your life be different if you lived with a daily belief in this truth?
The thing I love so much about Psalm 139 and Ephesians 2:10 is that there are no pre-qualifiers to either of these scriptures. Nowhere in these passages do you see that you are only wonderfully made if you have the correct amount of chromosomes. Nowhere in these passages do you see that you are only a masterpiece if you have an IQ score above 70. There are no pre-qualifiers. Why? Because it is an “us” conversation. This is how God views all of us. He does not view people with disabilities differently than He does people without disabilities. In God’s eyes, we are all masterpieces.