Logan: Careful, you’re speaking to a man who ran a school… for a lot of years, Charles?
Charles: Well, that’s correct. It was a… It was a kind of special needs school.
Logan: That’s a good description.
From the movie, Logan (2017)
Wolverine. Cyclops. Magneto. Beast. Storm. Rouge. Gambit.
The list could go on and on.
X-Men was one of my favourite comic and cartoon in the ’90s when I was growing up. It tells of Charles Xavier who took in children with special skills. These kids were rejected by the normal human world and labelled as “mutants”.
But Charles saw something special in them. While everyone rejected them, Charles saw something special. He created a school for the gifted. He trained the children to harness their skills for good and not evil.
I see a strong parallel with special needs kids today. Charles was quite right when he said he ran a special needs school. Today, special needs kids are often treated like mutants.
Rejected. Ostracised. Bullied.
Most churches see these kids as a disturbance. A nuisance that disrupts their orderly service. Parents stop bringing their kids to church. What a shame! These kids were made in the image of God and paid for by the blood of Jesus on the cross.
Jesus’s disciple made the same mistake.
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”
Jesus got mad that day!
Jesus loves children. Even special needs children. He wants to bless them. The kingdom of God belongs to them.
Are we hindering these kids from coming to Jesus?
Are we stopping parents from bringing their special needs kids to service?
Will you find a way to train Sunday School teachers to teach special needs kids?
We need more Charles Xaviers to rise up and create a structure to care, love and teach these special needs kids. If you don’t, who will?