“On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensble.” 1 Corinthians 12:22
God has blessed me with what you might call “awkward” people. You’ve probably known a couple yourself. Maybe they are mentally handicapped or have a social disorder like Autism, or maybe they just aren’t well versed in common principles of human interaction.
Some find people like this easy to love. I do not. Let’s face it. It’s a challenge to love someone we don’t understand, and there are lot about these people that pretty much everyone else cannot understand. Nonetheless, we have to remember that the socially needy are not freaks but human beings.
The Bible says that we all have different gifts. Some people are good at painting, others are good at managing, others are good at talking to people. This isn’t just to prevent life from being boring, it allows the church, not to mention society in general, to function. We need all of these different gifts working in conjunction with each other to make an ordered body.
Although we’re taught to appreciate people who are different, it’s easy to forget that this includes everyone– not just those we consider mentally, emotionally, and socially healthy. 1 Corinthians 12:21 says, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the hand cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!'” But that’s exactly we do.
People who struggle with social skills are no less a part of the body than you or I. They just have different gifts. I feel that God may be calling me to help them discover those gifts and integrate them into the body, but I don’t know specifically how he wants me to do that. Maybe God is calling you to the same mission. But regardless, you still have a duty to help these people and allow them to help you.