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.
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:
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.