As with anything, there are a lot of differing views on the topic of disability. It doesn’t seem to make a difference if you are churched or unchurched, Democrat or Republican, disabled or not, and so on.
One view that should NEVER be is that if you have a disability your life is not worth living.
If you think I am being overly dramatic about this, consider the fact that if you are disabled in Canada a treatment option that you are given is to choose death. Death for disability. Are you kidding me?!?!
Medical assistance in dying has been legal in Canada since 2016 for eligible patients. Who is eligible you ask? Eligible patients are “18 or older suffering from serious and incurable illness, disease or disability.” Soon to be added to this list will be people suffering only from “mental illness.”
If you are outraged (I hope you are!) and think that could never happen in America, think again. It is already happening in 10 different U.S. states with 10 more pushing similar legislation in 2023. Shame on you California, Montana, Vermont, Washington, New Jersey, and Hawaii. Shame on anyone pushing this legislation.
As things naturally progress, it is only a matter of time before elective treatment of disability in “medically assisted suicide” becomes a directive. This happens when a culture embraces death and labels are applied to those who no longer have a quality of life that is deemed worth living.
When we live in a culture of death the heart of God is saddened. Your heart should be saddened too. Not much longer will God tolerate the evil that our culture embraces. God cares and so should we!
People take to the streets, protest, or lobby their elected officials for a myriad of different issues. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone advocating that the lives of individuals with disabilities are worth living. Maybe that is because our culture is too far gone. Maybe that is because people have bought into the lies of the enemy. I don’t know.
I do know that I am outraged and heartbroken when I see headlines like these. I do know that God views people with disabilities as people with purpose and worth. I do know that it is worth fighting for those in our society who have been pushed aside and branded unworthy. I do know that Ability Ministry will fight for billions of people in the world affected by disability. I do know that Ability Ministry will never stop giving every effort we have to equip and empower local churches to reach their disability communities for Jesus.
I pray that you too will be made uncomfortable enough by headlines like these that you will not be able to brush it off and move on with your life unaffected. May God move you to action.
Don’t know where to start?
- Get involved in your disability community. Literally anywhere in your disability community.
- Become friends with someone with a disability. Show them that their life matters by being a friend.
- Volunteer in your church’s disability ministry. Don’t have one. Start one! We can help.
- Lobby your state representatives. Tell them that these laws are unacceptable.
- Call your governor’s office. Tell them that these laws are unacceptable.