The church should be a place where it’s OK to struggle with depression.
The church should be a place that’s home to the recovering and the relapsing addict.
The church should be a place where leaders can have faults and not be afraid to share them.
The church should be a place where we’re not afraid of pain.
The church should be a place where condemnation is replaced by redemption.
The church should be a place where love becomes an action verb.
The church should be a place where people with mental health issues feel loved and cared for.
In fact, the church should build up their knowledge on mental health issues. The church should understand the symptoms and make themselves aware of the resources available in their community.
A few years back I took a 10 week course that dealt with various kinds of mental health issues and it was an eye-opening experience. My whole view was shifted in so many ways.
What should the church be?
It should be a place where love prevails.
I have seen that love in church after church around the world. I have seen the love of God displayed over and over to those in need.
Sadly, I have also seen the opposite.
I find myself reflecting on how Jesus would respond to someone in pain. Of course we have numerous pictures of how Jesus ACTUALLY did respond.
Jesus healed the sick.
Jesus called people to the Father.
Jesus spoke to the need and provided living water.
Not only did Jesus love but He also told us to love one another. (John 13:34) That is how the church should respond to people with mental health issues.
By loving one another.