I am about half-way through a seminary video series that focuses on disability and the church. The speakers have all been articulate and frequently are living with disabilities in themselves or their family members.
But the information is old to me. I am itching for them to get on to the meaty stuff – more bible, fewer statistics. After all, this is graduate school!
I get so impatient; a critical spirit quickly follows.
Which isn’t fair, of course. Just because these bright people are in a graduate course doesn’t mean they know anything about disability. I certainly didn’t much about disability before 1995!
So, I’m asking God to help me, as I finish this series, to celebrate that so many people (the room looks full from the video) who have already demonstrated a desire to be in ministry are spending time and money to learn more about this issue in the context of the church. And then, in gratitude to God and with God’s help, to render a more thoughtful, reasoned assessment of this video series.
And I’m trying to get more bible into me to help me!
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Jame 1:19-20
And the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” Zechariah 7:8-10