“To be created in God’s image is to be called persons in communion…
Human ‘being’ is the result of our being said by someone else, namely, God. In this case, to be is to be mentioned.
The ethical implications of this view are apparent. Even those not mentioned by us – the infirm in nursing homes and hospitals, the unborn, those who are deemed ‘nothing’ by society, even the dead – are nevertheless somebody because they have been mentioned by God. God has called them into existence, and he will have the last word at the final resurrection. Neither their ability to reason nor to will, but God’s covenantal speech, is the source of their personhood.”
Michael Horton, The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2011) [kindle edition], loc. 9663 of 25524.
“Long story short: we don’t get to make our lives up. We get to receive our lives as gifts. The story that says we should have no story except the story we chose when we had no story is a lie.
To be human is to learn that we don’t get to make up our lives, because we’re creatures. Christians are people who recognise that we have a Father whom we can thank for our existence. Christian discipleship is about learning to receive life as gift without regret.”
Stanley Hauerwas, ‘The politics of gentleness: Abled and disabled’, Christian Century (Dec 2,2008), 32.
I was reading around this morning and discovered the new ‘Social Issues Executive’ website. Terrible name, great website.
I was particularly heartened to see the lastest Briefing paper, entitled ‘Who has a Disability?’ Having had direct and intimate contact with a person with a ‘disability’ and knowing the issues that face someone like that entering into ‘mainstream’ society, I was glad to see some thinking on the issue and some resources being provided for churches to think through their approach to welcoming and including these people.
There are more people with ‘disabilities’ in our community than most people realise. According to the 2003 census, 1 in 5 people in Australia have a disability. Knowing some families of children with disablities, their experience is a hard one, where they have to constantly fight as advocates for information and access. Of all places, the church should be a place where they should not have to fight as hard, if at all.
I highly commend this paper written by Andrew Cameron, and the links that he provides to resources for churches to think through their approach.