Monday, 17 January 2011
Why should Christians care about Neurodiversity? I'll tell you. For one thing, I've seen quite a few types of brains in our Churches. Inattentive ADHD. Mild MR. Schizophrenia. Autism. Autism symptoms. More Autism. Mood disorder. Still more Autism. Maybe a few half-normal Pentecostals. That's a lot of Autistics and normal people, huh?
God loves us just as much as He loves you!
He loves sinners and saved, eccentrics and normals alike. Look, He even loves this irritating high functioning autistic I know. She can seem like exactly the sort you wouldn't want to try to understand. Turned off at the normals, and doesn't think religion is rational and stuff.
But who are we to deny God the pleasure of any mind, body or soul that He created through inaction?
Who are we to say that He doesn't deserve to have to deal with "that kind?" We know who we're really worrying for. Ourselves. We're afraid we're going to make fools of ourselves.
You know, Jesus chilled with -- the Woman at the well, Mary Magdalene! Hey, He warned Peter about his' denial, yet He gave him the Keys to the Kingdom!
Aside from that, "let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Well? God loves all His children. Would you deny Him the pleasure of some because you think He derives as much pleasure from our stereotypies as you do? You may or may not understand. But One Who Is omniscient could quite possibly see past the behaviour and see the nonverbal communication.
In closing, I would like to say that in Church, I have seen many things that resemble stereotypes. Normal people, with intense emotion. One wonders what it would be like with not so normal people. When I'm at my happiest, man. You don't wanna see me like that. I mean, it looks really weird, but I'm having fun. It's an explosive, huge expression, and I'm having a wonderful time. I don't think you guys are even aware of that particular degree of emotion.
But my point is, would it not be appreciable as praise to One who made physical contact with Lepers? To One who loves us so much, that He endured an excruciating and infernal battle for us?
Whether our brain has dopamine differences or sensory differences, so-called 'Normalcy' or attention issues -- any kind of difference, really -- honest expression and communication of love between parent and child would be something He desires.
Does someone who goes to your church have a neurological, behavior or psychological disorder that makes them seem different? Does your church family embrace that person? Have you felt shunned at church because something about who you are made you different?