I just read a post about mistakes in blogging. I have a perfect score.
I’m making all of them.
The post made me think… what is the purpose of this blog?
First and foremost I want to let those dealing with mental illness know that Jesus loves them just the way they are, he respects them and he has a plan for their life to give them hope and a purpose and a future.
I also want to combat satan’s influence. Too many Pastors are ignorant of mental illness and blame the sufferer for their suffering causing infinitely more intense suffering. These Pastors may believe that all mental illness is caused by not trusting God and by not obeying God’s instructions (concerning worry, anxiety, depression, grief, etc.). And that all mental illness can be cured by repenting of this sin, by believing Jesus for healing, and by having enough faith. These Pastors may also “not believe in” medication.
To these Pastors I have a challenge. Prove your faith in the healing power of Jesus that you want us to have by asking Jesus to heal your vision. Then remove your glasses. Then drive in rush hour traffic.
If Jesus always heals the organ known as the brain in response to our faith he will also always heal the organs known as the eyes in response to your faith.
God can heal everyone with mental illness right now, miraculously. And he can heal everyone’s vision right now, miraculously. He doesn’t always choose to do that though. Many times Jesus chooses to use loving, supportive people who fill us with hope and counsel, who give us scriptural advice, and medicines that bring brain chemistry back to normal functioning.
Now, not everyone needs medications. But at least for me it’s the difference between a normal, positive, productive life and spending the rest of my life locked up in a mental ward in incessant horrific psychotic pain.
I have other purposes for this blog but you have already been more than gracious in reading this far. I defer to another post. Thank you for reading.
(You can click the link below if you want to read the blog I read with advice about writing a better blog by not making 5 common mistakes).