Perspective: “Church, Just Because I Wrestle with Depression Does Not Mean I Am Being Chastised by God for Sin”
Sadly, there are numerous misconceptions surrounding Christians who wrestle with various forms of mental illness. In my humble opinion, the Church(brothers and sisters in Christ) needs to be better educated on issues related to mental illness. This is so that we are better equipped on how to minister to the needs of believers who have some form of mental illness.
Mental illness is stigmatized enough in our current cultural landscape; the last thing believers need is more ignorance from their Church Family. The Church should be a warm and welcoming place of refuge for the broken where God’s Holy Spirit may fulfill its restorative work through spiritual healing as well as sometimes physical healing.
Church, please accept and love those who struggle with mental illness just as they are, precisely how God has done for you by and through His abundant mercy and grace when you first believed and became saved!
Church, please do not succumb to the false messages and misinformation being broadcasted within the media because all that it seeks to do is further stigmatize those who struggle with mental illness, particularly those who are Christian.
I pray that those within the church who have been blinded by ignorance from these said cultural misconceptions may have their eyes opened to see the truth on these matters. May the God of comfort and peace be with you all!
In Jesus Christ’s Name, I pray, Amen.