Judging By The Looks: A Christian’s Perspective on Disability Judgement

Wow! So often I think of our community, our city, our state and our country (us disabled folk do a lot of thinking). When I am thinking about us as a whole, I believe we have developed so much in the realm of assistance for disabled individuals. Ramps are being considered, parking spots have been increasing in availability. The city I live in has also been issuing citations for handicap violations.

However, as all of this transpires, why do I still feel like I am being judged? Judged in a sense of I am disabled, but my pain is worn on the inside, not on my sleeves. When I have “bad days” (those of you in chronic pain know what I mean) I use my handicap pass. When I get out of the car I might not look disabled to someone, I might not have a limp at that time, I might even have a smile on my face. But holly hallelujah, praise Jesus, if every time I get out of the car I have someone look at me weird, laugh, or make comments out loud. How is it that we have come so far, yet we still have not.

I profess my faith as a Christian. I know my wrong doings, I know that I am not the follower of Christ that I desire to be yet. Additionally, just so you may know, I do respect that other people have their own beliefs. One of my close friends is a believer in a deity, but does not believe in Christianity. As a fore-note I will from time to time utilize the Christian Bible for that is my God’s book.

Judgement in the dictionary states:

the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.
The ABILITY to make considered decisions. From my understandings and teachings from my faith, we do not have the ability to judge other humans. For the Christian Bible states in the book of Matthew:

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

Matthew 7:1
What does that mean to you? Does that mean I am going to judge you, if you judge me? No, simple definition is that we have to answer to HIM when we are done on Earth. HE will judge us for all of the judging we have done.
Hear me out… Before I became disabled, I used to pass judgement more freely than I do now. As I mentioned before, I am not a “Perfect” Christian, for I also do not believe in perfection (separate topic for another day). However, I know what it is like to be on both sides of the table. The one topic that I struggle with the most in my head is how we can improve? “CI” or otherwise known in the business industry as “Continuous Improvement” is the new term. This has gone as far as replacing ‘Six Sigma,’ a team project teaching program.
The biggest, and hardest answer that I have and continue to struggle with accepting is and will always be right in front of me.
The Answer: Turn the other cheek.
An excerpt I found on a website called gotquestions.org states this when speaking on the subject about turning the other cheek:
“Turning the other cheek means not to return insult for insult in retaliation, which is what most people expect and how worldly people act.” –
What I have started doing, is just smiling and or waving at the person staring. Why not treat hate with love? It’s not that it puts you above the law, it’s not that it puts you above anyone else, we are all equals. Simply put, we need to be the person God wants us to be, and that is loving, and caring individuals. Jesus could have very much retaliated, fled, or been saved from being persecuted on the cross. Yet he prayed for them and quite simply turned the other cheek.
It is written in the book of Luke in the Bible:
At the hill called Golgotha, the soldiers fixed Jesus to the cross. They stripped the prisoner naked for this. This caused great shame for Jews especially. Then they hammered in the nails. As the soldiers did this, Jesus prayed. He said, ‘Father forgive them. They do not know what they are doing.’ (Luke 23:34)
Doing this didn’t mean that Jesus was better then the soldiers that were nailing him to the cross. He walked among the people for some time enduring what everyone during that time went through. Simply, he just wanted to treat everyone with love, for it was pure in his heart.
I will finish this very long blog excerpt with this:
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. – Matthew 5:44
Be strong. Be courageous. But most of all everyone….
Be loving.

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