Picture this. I’m at the grocery store minding my own business wearing a black t-shirt with gay pride heart on the left side and a forearm crutch. It’s a bad pain/disability day. I am trying to stay upright with one crutch while using my phone to access the grocery list. I’ve nearly fallen several times today and I am just really trying to concentrate on walking.
I am approached by a woman who leans over and says in my ear in a high pitched voice, “Jesus loves you and is a healer. Can I pray for you?”
I said ‘No thank you” and walked off. My knee jerk reaction is to pick an argument with these people. It really takes all of my willpower not to do it. People who feel they need to do this assume so much, and while trying to force their religion on an individual is offensive, every assumption someone makes of a complete stranger and their reasons for why that person must need Jesus is even more offensive.
After I thought about it for two minutes, I actually wondered why she felt the need to ask me if she could pray for me. Two things came to mine. She assumed I was gay and 2. I am disabled. Since she wanted to make assumptions about me, I’m going to make some about her. She is either homophobic or ableist or both.
Whether or not I am gay is no one’s business. I identify as HUMAN and I have more LGBTQ friends than I do straight ones so either way I am going to support the LGBTQ community. I have news for everyone, you can’t “catch the gay” by being around someone gay. What will happen is you will learn understanding and acceptance. The world could use more of both.
The possibility that this woman might think Jesus can heal my disability makes me angry. I mean like David Banner/Incredible Hulk angry. Faith healing is load of crap and I have lost count of the number of children who have died because of it. Jesus isn’t going to take away my disability or my chronic illness. Asking if it’s okay to pray for healing for me is some ableist bullshit and it implies that Jesus doesn’t like disabled people and is an ableist.
Yea, yea, yea. I am well aware of the Bible stories about Jesus healing the lame and all. I don’t want to be that person or anything, but he was going around performing miracles in order to prove that he was God’s son. While I would like to believe that he performed these miracle to be nice but first and foremost, these acts were self-serving because he had a point to make and people to convert. His miracles were really just a means to an end regardless of how he felt about it all.
I am not broken and I don’t need fixed. #CRIPPLEPUNK
I do not need prayed for. My relationship with Jesus is my own and I dont
I am double majoring in Religious Studies and minoring in Social Justice. I really want to have a discussion with these people. I’m pretty sure it would be an exercise in futility but I can try, right?