This question emerged for me today: How would the church be different for people with physical and mental disabilities if it were more like the kingdom of God?
In talking about this with my wife, our first two thoughts were these:
1) We would not use the language of “they” and “those” nearly so often, if at all. We would not treat people with bodies or brains that function differently as somehow radically unlike everyone else.
2) Related to the above, we would not see people with physical and mental disabilities as objects of pity and recipients of ministry, but as fellow Christians with their own ministry and calling.
I am not entirely clear how to work this all out, but here are a couple starting hypotheses or proposals.
Please join in with your thoughts and reactions.