Towards a Christian Model of Disability: The Bible Is for All People
Since the 1980s, the concept of disability has come to be described through the use of “models.” Readers might be familiar with the moral model, medical model or social model as ways that the experience of disability is understood.The authors have long felt that aspects of this understanding as expressed in models have been missing. In an attempt to explain these other aspects of disability, they offer a Christian perspective described by a Christian model. This model unpacks what disability is, through a biblically based description of five relationships. These include 1) the person with impairments in relation to God, 2) the person with impairments in relation to themselves, 3) the person with impairments in relation to the community, 4) the community in relation to itself, and 5) the community in relation to God. The authors’ desire is that this will continue and perhaps further conversation about a Christian, biblical view of disability, while also challenging exclusively secular notions.