I was watching a movie recently where the main character was a high-functioning autistic person. Autism comes in many forms under different names that I am not fully aware of. Thank goodness that autism is being taught to the public to aid in understanding the levels of autistic behavior and their social interaction limitations that can be adapted. Where people who were uneducated and didn't take the time or didn't care about learning what autism was were likely to call such a person 'weird'. They are born that way and they cannot help the behaviors that may be called such. Great strides have been made. At the end of the movie the director of the facility who offers care to children with autism--tells a couple whose son is autistic that his son is not less than. I thought, "Wow, that's right! They are not less than and people with mental disorders are not less than either."
What makes a person less than anyway? A neurological or mental disorder? I think not! An illness? I remember when HIV/AIDS came out in the 80s and people were scared to death of 'catching' it. Certain people were treated like pariah which was terrible. People thought you could catch HIV by just touching someone--until the public was educated. That illness affected everyone to the point where someone knew someone who knew someone who had HIV and/or had died from it.
What if someone is a drug addict? Is he/she less than? That's a person who made some very poor decisions, but has a mother and a father who are probably worried sick about him--whether he'll ever come home alive. Then what about the harder synopses of someone who has murdered, stolen, assaulted people? Is this person less than? He definitely has a heart full of pain.
God sees everyone and loves everyone the same. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more or love you more than someone else who He loves. That's why the message of salvation is not based on works--'so that no one can boast.' But everyone lacks when they have not accepted Jesus as their Savior. When they do surrender their life to Jesus that hole is closed--it's a hole that's there that we search for all of lives to find, something we innately feel is missing. The missing part is easier to find than you think, but for some takes years to find--The missing link is Jesus. The saddest thing is when souls leave this life and never found that missing link to God, the Father.
No one is less than in God's eyes. We may get punished for wrong behavior and be held accountable for it in the case of someone who takes other's lives, but God doesn't love that person less. Take comfort today in knowing the creater of the Universe loves you more than you can imagine. If you haven't found the missing link. Do some digging and start a great journey as so many others have. It truly will be a new life for you.