Science Journal of Sociology and Anthropology
May 2017, Volume 2017, ISSN:2276-6359
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Defreezing the Frozen People of God (A Christian Public Theological Approach)
Dr. Olo Ndukwe
Hugh Goldie Lay/Theological Training Institution, Arochukwu, Abia State, Nigeria
Associate Research Fellow, Department of Systematic Theology and Ecclesiology,
Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Rep. of South Africa
Accepted on April 14, 2017; Available Online May 15, 2017
The evident maltreatment and more often, summarily dismissal of people with disabilities as nobodies in issues of nation building, social transformation and development constitutes the fulcrum on which the nexus of the strings of the concern of this paper connect and revolves. It reflects on such unethical (or even inhuman) treatment of these victims of society as "freezing up the people of God in the deep freezers of ungodly cultural, philosophical, social and religious cold rooms'. The paper thus calls for a change of heart towards these people who it describes as 'fearfully and wonderfully made' creatures of God who are divinely graced to be celebrated as embodiments of God's sovereign and gracious revelation of the beautiful diversities of divine bequest. This position, the objective of the paper as well as the challenging states of affairs which this unethical treatment installs in our social orders and significant ways forward to a better society are explained. The paper concludes with a call to 'de-freezing the frozen people of God' to fulfill their divine mandates.
Keywords: Victims of society, Development, Differently Abled, Human Dignity, Conscientization, Defreeze, Diversities, Divine Bequest, Embodiments, Development, Social Transformation