Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Special Needs: Important Biblical References

In our discussion of special needs, we need to give a brief theology about children, directly from Scripture.  Here is a representative sample of biblical principles and references that should shape our worldview:
  1. Children are created in the image of God, so that His glory can be reflected and made known (Genesis 1:26-27).
  2. Children, like all people, are innately sinners, not innocent (Romans 3:23). 
  3. Children are a blessing from the Lord (Psalm 127:3).
  4. Children are commanded to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1).  For a child to disobey his parents is equivalent to him disobeying God.
  5. It is primarily the role of parents (not culture, government, school, or church) to shepherd and train their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Hebrews 12:7-11).  However, we should take advantage of other resources, but always knowing that the main direction and energy must come from God empowering parents to lead their own children.
  6. God is sovereign; He is not surprised by anyone having a special need, nor does He see special needs as an "accident" (Psalm 139:13-14).
It is important to note that in all biblical references to humanity and children, there are no qualifiers.  For example, God does not say, "Some children need to obey their parents;" all children are expected to obey.  Additionally, He does not say, "Only children without autism are a blessing from Me;" He says that all children are blessings and created in His image.  In our perspective and lifestyle, we need to respond to God's revealed Word, and live out the principles and commands that He has clearly given.

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