There are now over seven billion people in the world, but there is only one you. You are unique and different because there is no one else like you. It is important for you to understand that God knows you personally and loves you. “For God so loved the world (includes you)...” (John 3:16). You are different than all the others, but there is one thing that everyone has in common. Everyone wants to be loved. It seems that those who need love the most are those who are most unlovable. There are times that we all need someone to love us – someone to touch and someone to care. Alone is a sad word. It’s hard to enjoy life alone. It’s hard to laugh alone. In a hospital a young boy was not responding to medical treatment. Then one day the doctor noticed the boy was smiling and improving. He learned that one of the nurses was giving the boy a hug each morning. The boy was responding to hugs. The doctor then wrote on the chart, “Give this boy hugs four times a day.” It worked! There are times when we all need a hug. Alone is a sad word, but together is a comforting word. Everyone needs a hug and love – Everyone!
As Christians, we need to see people as the Lord sees them. “But when he saw the multitudes (people), he was moved with compassion on them” (Matthew 9:36). What He saw with His eyes touched His heart. What moves you? It seems this is an in-compassionate generation that looks down on, shuns, teases, and even feels embarrassed by those who are different, blind, deaf, crippled, uneducated, mentally challenged, obese, disfigured, of different nationalities or cultures, or have Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, or have Alzheimer’s disease. I like what one man said as someone told him, “Your wife has Alzheimer’s and does not know you. Why do you visit her?” He answered, “She may not know me, but I know her.” Some shun others just because they are different than them. Some parents, family members, and friends shun some people because they are different. In foreign countries, some parents hide the deaf because they are ashamed of them. David Ring said, “I have cerebral palsy. What’s your problem?” We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14). As Christians, we need to put aside our prejudices. Look beyond their problems and see their needs. Everyone is different, but all have a soul, feelings, hurts, and a need to be loved. Everyone needs to be loved – Everyone!
Don’t Put Down People With Disabilities
Lecture by Pastor John Smith, Piney Grove Baptist Church – Trenton, GA 30752
“Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind,but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord.”– Leviticus 19:14
As a pastor with a deaf ministry I wondered what this verse actually meant, “Thou shalt not curse the deaf.” I learned the word “curse” does not mean the same as the word “curse” in this generation. It means “To… make light of… put down… overlook… shun… snub… or treat as trivial or unimportant.” Curse also refers to an attitude towards people with disabilities. Notice it says, “Curse (something they cannot hear) the deaf... stumblingblock (something they cannot see) before blind.” As an illustration, I dropped a penny on the floor and explained, “Some people look at deaf people as pennies – unimportant and worthless. They simply ‘made light of them.’ But, I have learned that deaf people are important and valuable to God.” People should not “curse” the deaf or “make light of them.” I have been told that some churches put the deaf into a side room with a speaker, away from the congregation. Some put the deaf in the balcony where no one can see them. I have been told that some churches stuff them into small side classes, and leave the deaf out of church socials and fellowships. The Lord never “made light of” or treated anyone as worthless. In Mark 7:32, the Lord personally took time to help a deaf person. He did not pass him by as a worthless penny. The Lord did not mistreat those who were shunned, neglected, or passed-by. The Lord was no respecter of others. Many times He gave special attention and love to those who may have been unlovable by the world. As a pastor, I want our church to always respect those who others may treat as a worthless penny. Someone may appear to be worthless to others, but everyone is important and valuable to the Lord.
An Article by Ann Landers: A professor once posed this medical situation and ethical problem to his students. “Here’s the family history. The father has syphilis. The mother has TB. They already have four children. The first is blind. The second had died. The third is deaf. The fourth as TB. Now the mother is pregnant again. The parents come to you for advise. They are will to have an abortion, if you decide they should. What do you say? The students broke into small groups for “consultation.” All of the groups came back to report that they would recommend abortion. “Congratulations,” the professor said, “You just took the life of Beethoven!”
As Christians, we need to see as the Lord sees. Everyone is important to God and should also be important to us. We all are different and have our faults and flaws, but God still loves us unconditionally. There is not one thing I can do to make God love me more or to make God love me less. He loves me because of Christ. We all could say, “Except for the grace of God…” No one is handicapped with God. You may be different and feel unloved, but God still loves and can use you for His glory. “But God hath chosen the foolish things.. the weak things… And base things ... and things…despised, hath God chosen” (I Corinthians 1:27-28). Someone does care! “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (I Peter 5:7). He is always “there” and He will never leave or forsake you – Never! “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). Let God use your differences to bring glory to Him!