Blogtalkradio With Bishop Scott ~ The Church and The Disabled

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UNFORTUNATELY, MANY CHURCH FOLK HAVE NOT ACCEPTED THIS FACT.
See this man pictured below? He has a compelling story of how people treat him, a Bishop, because he has bipolar disorder.

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Why can’t he serve GOD? Just because he has Bipolar disorder, people treat him like he shouldn’t teach, preach or do the word of GOD………..HE IS NOT FROM ANOTHER PLANET! He just has a mental disorder which is under control through prayer and yes, dare I say it, medication. How many people are not being ministered to because of prejudices against him? SMH    We need more men like him who are willing to go into his own pocket and help the homeless and hungry. The homeless and hungry don’t care if he has bipolar disorder or not. They just want to be fed and can you believe that church folk won’t even help him fund the work of feeding the homeless and hungry? SMH again.

Some seem to think that a disabled person is incapable of serving the LORD. Unfortunately, many don’t even take the time to SEE WHAT A DISABLED PERSON MAY LIKE TO DO WITHIN THE CHURCH. How many churches have you seen with wheelchair accessible choir stands for those who may desire to sing in the choir? How about for those who even have to use a walker for assistance? How many churches do you see with disabled pastors, elders, apostles, evangelists, deacons, ushers, prophets, trustees, Sunday school teachers?

Now here’s another Bishop. This one is in a wheelchair. He has one hip. The other hip was fused together when he was 18 years old. There is a metal rod in that hip. That same fused hip was broken in 2008 when he fell down 13 steps. He can’t get operated on because of the years of scar tissue. He also has Cerebral Palsy. His right hand is withered and spasms. His legs and feet cramp all the time. There is never a day that he is without pain. Read some of his accomplishment, below:

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This man is in a wheelchair. He’s my husband. He’s a bishop. Many people treat him as if he has a mental challenge because he is sitting in a wheelchair. He has a loud voice. He has a sound mind. He speaks very well. He went to Temple University and he also taught high school History, economics and some other subjects. But many churches overlook the fact that he’s done all of that and then some. In fact, he pastored in the A.M.E. church for almost 20 years. He is 61 years old, but there is nothing wrong with his brain. Unfortunately, people look at his physical appearance and think he is mentally challenged or “retarded”. He currently hosts a blogtalkradio program every Monday entitled, Disabled People are People Too. Get to know him and you will see differently. Here is a link from this evening’s broadcast:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/out-of-a-pure-heart-ministries-evangelist-theresa-scott/2013/08/26/the-church-and-the-disabled

So, you see, people with disabilities should not all be lumped into the same pot. There are high functioning “disabled” people. My husband calls them Physically, mentally, or developmentally challenged because the truth of the matter is this: We ALL have some type of challenge. It may not be as noticeable or severe as the two men highlighted in this article, but we all have some type of challenge. I encourage you to look at people with challenges as PEOPLE too.

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