“Christian Concern For Mental Health” is nothing new, although admittedly this blog certainly is. In fact Christians have quite rightly been concerned about mental health and mental illness for centuries now. After all, doesn’t mental health and mental illness either directly or indirectly affect each and every one of us?
Does being a Christian make you and your loved ones immune to poor mental or physical health? Well, despite what some believe and teach, that certainly isn’t my understanding of the bible or my experience of life as a Christian.
Whilst the Bible doesn’t specifically speak of Mental Health or Mental illness in the terms in which we understand them and refer to them today, it certainly does speak about it. Consider the words of Matthew 4:24 from the King James Bible…
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. (Mathew 4:24 KJV)
Whilst we may not like the phrase ‘Lunatick’ today and need to be sensitive to it’s application, and whilst it certainly has been replaced within more modern translations, we cannot argue that it is used within the bible and indeed is a clear indication that not only was mental health and mental illness therefore mentioned in the bible but that there is a clear distinction made between mental illness and demon possession (also mentioned in this passage).
So as we can see Christian concern for mental illness is by no means a new thing and I believe should indeed be a concern for all Christians and thus part of our prayer life and our everyday ministry.
And there within lies the vision behind “Christian Concern For Mental Health”…
To promote awareness and concern for mental health and those who suffer with mental illness and poor mental health.
To encourage all Christians to renew their thinking on mental illness and poor mental health.
To encourage and mobilize all Christians to include mental illness and poor mental health, and those who suffer from them, in their every day prayer lives and ministries.
To encourage Christian writers and bloggers to incorporate Mental Health awareness and the need for good compassionate and positive concern for it within their blogs and writing.
As someone who is both a Christian and someone who suffers from poor mental health I know first hand the effect that mental illness and poor mental health can have not only on your everyday life and relationships but also that which it can potentially have on your life on and relationship with Christ.
But despite any bad experiences I have had as a result of my mental illnesses I have been so blessed to have my faith and so grateful that He has brought me through them and I stand on the promises of God’s word in Christ and on this passage from Romans 8:37-39…
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:37-39 NIV