There are approximately 14 million people in the United States with disabilities, and that amount is multiplied many times over in the world.
There are many types of handicaps they range from the mild like color blindness, loss of taste, and loss of smell; to the most severe like blindness, deafness, and loss of members.
Because most people, including Christians, are uncomfortable around people with severe handicaps, and don't know what to say to them, they suffer from social ostracism due to their disabilities.
Society usually avoids them, and some evil and cruel people mock them, and some would even destroy them, [Hitler ordered the execution of thousands of handicapped Germans as unproductive burdens on his society.] But God has forbidden his people to do such evil. He strictly prohibits cursing the deaf and putting stumbling blocks to the blind.
Even if some may feel uneasy around people with handicaps, we cannot neglect reaching out to them. Let us learn from our Lord Jesus who was comfortable around blind, deaf, mute and paralyzed people.
Jesus was never uncomfortable in his dealings with the blind, the paralytic, and the deaf; instead he went out of his way to reach them with his love, and healing touch.
We need to make friendships with them and tell them about the love of God.
Because of their disabilities, we might be tempted to water down their sinful state, but we must resist that temptation. Our preaching must include the fact that they are sinners, and that unless they repent, they cannot be saved.
The fact that they have suffered and still are suffering, does not guaranty their salvation. One is not saved by personal suffering, but by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Some may think it is insensitive to tell a person who has suffered greatly in this life, that unless they put their faith in Jesus they will suffer even more in a Christless eternity, but it would be more insensitive to let them stay in their lost condition.
We need to actively reach out to them, because many of them build up walls that separate them from the world.
Some of these walls are bitterness, anger, self-pity, self-hatred, pride, hate, and many others.
These walls serve as protection from a society that seeks to stop them from having a productive life.
Many of them are offended (And rightly so) when some reach out to them in pity. They don't need pity, they need respect, friendship, and compassion.
Reaching them will not be easy, but our willingness to develop special ministries that are geared toward them, will demonstrate our love for them.
We must demonstrate that God's love is not based on a person physical body or what a person can or cannot do, but on what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.