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Post  Admin on Thu 20 Jan 2011, 3:30 pm

The Real Meaning of the ADA
Sanctity of Life
August 12, 2010
Twenty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into
law. For at least one person who attended the signing, that Act was
something much greater than just one more law coming out of D.C. It was
a demonstration of what Christian worldview can look like in practice.
Joni Eareckson Tada, a Christian author, artist, and activist, was in
the audience that day. As you probably know, a diving accident back in
1967 tragically left Joni a quadriplegic. Since then she's been a
tireless advocate for disabled people around the world.
Joni's ministry, Joni and Friends, has provided everything from gift
baskets to wheelchairs for the disabled. But perhaps the single most
important thing that Joni does is, as her website puts it, "aggressively
promoting life, human dignity and the value of all
individuals—despite their disabling condition—from a biblical
perspective. "
You see, ministering to the disabled taught Joni something about the
sanctity and value of every human life. That's why she takes a strong
and principled stand against abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell
research, and other practices that demean and destroy life. That's why
she has fought for people like Terri Schiavo, who couldn't fight for
herself. And that's why she supported the Americans with Disabilities
Act.
Don't see the connection? Well, let me take a moment and read you
something Joni wrote for CNN's website:
"I believe most of us recognize intellectually that we are all created
equal, but we need to help children and young adults go deeper in
understanding what disabled people contribute to society and how
valuable they are as human beings, not just to God, but to all of us . .
. This was our original intent with implementing the Americans with
Disabilities Act 20 years ago, and it must remain our goal as a society
that no one, no matter how disabling the condition, is discriminated
against—not just in deed but also in word and attitude. To have real
social change, we must have heart change."
Well, as you can see, for Joni, helping create better access and equal
opportunities for the disabled was never about political correctness or
government expansion. It was about something that goes much deeper than
that: shaping a society that reflects and embraces the God-given value
of each human being. It's about demonstrating in practical terms what it
means to honor, respect, and care for the ones Jesus might have called
"the least of these my brethren"—the ones who need a little
assistance from the rest of us.
It's about helping them live full, productive lives. Isn't that what a
biblical worldview is all about?
Joni wrote in her article, "I pray everyone will join with me in
honoring this 20th anniversary by renewing our own personal commitment
to check our attitudes, get over our own fear and discomfort, and
befriend the person behind the disability in our own community, church,
workplace, school or neighborhood. "
That's my prayer as well, and I hope it will be the prayer of all of
you. Honoring and advocating the God-given sanctity of human life begins
with honoring the life of the person right next to us, including the
disabled.
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