January 25, 2013
On Disability and Sola Scriptura
Julie Clawson, on her One Hand Clapping blog, says that people with disabilities are the “most otherized group in the church” and that even churches concerned with social justice often fail to recognize the concerns, needs, and experiences of differently-abled persons in the way they recognize the concerns of other groups She writes: “Whether it is dealt with well or not, most Christians would agree that racism is wrong and that we should love people of all colors of skin. Many churches would also say that sexism is evil and quite a few even allow women to serve as pastors. It’s trendy to engage in interreligious dialogue and LGBT advocacy is the undisputed cause of the moment. Not so much when it comes to welcoming and showing support for the differently abled. Basically, we are not and never will be cool” (emphasis hers). Read about why she feels as she does and why the issue is so easily dismissed in some circles. Her essay and the comments following her post provide much to think about. Julie explains the name of her blog, along with describing her own disability, in the “about” section of her blog.