This notion of a replacement narrative really came home to me this past weekend as our pastor discussed Romans 12. The passage says,
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)
I wondered about this in terms of the narrative the church is currently working under relative to persons with disabilities. I hate to say it, but in many ways, the society reflects more of a biblical construction of disability than the church does. However, generally we do have a lot to offer the world, and we must not conform to the patterns of this world but renew our minds.
To what extent does the church reflect or contribute to negative social constructions of persons with disabilities, and, I would argue move away from a truly biblical narrative about who people with disabilities are and Christians and the Christian church's responsibility towards them? I even wonder at times whether the church knows what the biblical replacement narrative about disability is.
Anyway, that is what Arthur and I are chewing on. Your input is invited.