My Book Preview: When the Church Went Mental......
Have you watched the news lately? Wow!! A lot of crazy stuff is taking place. During tragic times, people question the whereabouts of God and why people “do what they do”. This is why I am writing this book.
The Church went mental. It went mental in that we have avoided discussing spiritual and mental health issues in the same sentence. If we are going to discuss mental and spiritual health in the same sentence—then to some folks we are committing heresy. This is actually the opposite of what Jesus teaches us.
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (Matthew 22:37-The Message).
Passion (heart), prayer (soul), and intelligence (mind) are all areas of our lives that are interconnected. The emotions and feelings in our heart have been stirred around in our minds. Our soul is impacted in how we live—is our soul feel to live in grace or condemnation? Add all of these areas together and you have the temple that God has created---your body.
Let me clarify the “church went mental” statement some more. A lot of people in the Church and in the community struggle in dealing with their mental health. I have found few churches and pastors that will discuss mental health from the pulpit, in counseling sessions, or in their programming. We must wake up! Many folks are coming to the Church with battle scars and broken hearts and they need support regardless of whether or not we have all of the right answers.
In this book, I will address assumptions that we have in regards to spiritual and mental health and their effect on each other. After addressing assumptions, I will then present methods that we can introduce into our churches, mental health providers, and communities that will lead people into healing their hearts, minds, and souls.
My prayer is that our worlds will be rocked, our assumptions will be exposed, and our methods to bring healing to others will be full of God and less of yourselves.