Tuesday, February 28, 2012
When it comes to God's creation of the human race--God's children--there was and is no junk ever created. How could there be? The scriptures tell us that all of humanity was created in the image of God. God even gave it the thumbs up and said that it was "good." There is no junk in God's creation especially when it comes to you and me. And, yet, if one is to believe the world, there is junk all around us--there is junk everywhere! At least that is what one would suspect from the way the human race treats itself. I just don't understand it because over and over again I hear people spouting off, "I know I'm somebody 'cause God don't make no junk!!"
I do not believe that God created any junk . . . especially when it comes to the human race. I know that this belief may be one that others do not believe, but I cannot believe that any individual person would be considered junk in the eyes of God. I imagine that there are those who will disagree with me on this one, and give to me a litany of worthless junk from the ranks of the human race . . . a litany that would include one's gender, race, education, financial being, religion, ability or disability to name a few. Name them all . . . stack them up, I do not care because in the eyes of God all God's children are valued, loved, and desired by God. There is something good and intrinsically valuable in each and every human being created by God.
I present to you Patrick Henry Hughes--a person many would have considered to be junk because he was born with not one disability, but two--he was born blind and with crippling genetic disorder. Not one strike, but two. Any parent would tell you that life with any children can be challenging and demanding, but for the parent of a child with a disability . . . well, it can be overwhelming and frustrating to the point that one wants to give up. Sadly, no one would argue. Yet, there is value and worth in each and every individual no matter how decrepit the world may view him or her. The story of Patrick Henry Hughes proves that there is no junk in the eyes of God. Watch--and listen--for yourself:
Then there are the two guys from Vermont who have embarked on an international campaign to show the world that people with disabilities are no different than any one else--they desire to be loved and accepted for who they are in God's eyes. Larry Bissonettte--artist, advocate, and blogger--and Tracey Thresher--advocate and blogger--have autism. Thanks to the computer they have found a voice and a powerful voice it is. The two of them and their campaign is caught in the movie Wretches & Jabberers. Here is the official trailer for this movie:
You can read more about them and their talents at the Wretches & Jabberers official website at http://www.wretchesandjabberers.org/index.php. At this site you will find links to both of their blogs. It is well worth the time and effort to explore the lives of these two men--there is no junk here.
God makes no junk. This only begins to scratch the surface of the value of those humans that others devalue and consider junk. My last presentation against that argument is that of the website sproutflix which subtitles it sight with the goal of "making the invisible visible." I challenge you to take a few minutes and watch the short video on sproutflix's homepage called Dreams. You can watch it at http://sproutflix.org/. Find and show me the junk . . . you can't.
As I stated, God makes no junk. This is only the beginning of challenging the world's perceptions of junk . . . this only scratches the surface of what God's children are called to combat in order to fulfill the commandment to "love one another." It is a matter of value . . . there is no junk in God's eyes. God loves us for who God created us to be . . . so why can't we?