-Oh, you are taking anti-depressant medication? Don’t you have enough faith in God?
-Look at this person, he/she is truly insane!
-This person is so ANNOYING and talking REPETITIVE!
-He/She is full of anger and there is nothing good about him/her!
-Look at this person, he/she is truly crazy and why are he/she here?
There are plenty of stigmas made toward those people who are diagnosed with mental illness where there are no compassion, kindness, grace and love involved.
People living with mental illness are becoming unfortunate and less fortunate people in society even what become worse is it is already happening in Christianity communities. How embarrassed, it is when being rejected by Christians where there is an epic failure because of no empathic!
I do personally admit that I am one of those among less fortunate people because I am mental illness survivor since I am diagnosed with manic-depressive and post-traumatic stress disorder! It made me feel I am not being loved within Christianity community.
My BIGGEST question of all did Christians or should I say so-called Christian (it is because they didn’t actually have deep intimacy relationship with God) truly understand or do not even bother to do some kind of exegesis about “A Story About a Big Banquet?” It is a parable was told by Jesus in Luke 14:15-24 as it said:
One of those at the table with Jesus heard these things and said to him, “Blessed are the people who will share in the meal in God’s kingdom.”
Jesus said to him, “A man gave a big banquet and invited many people. When it was time to eat, the man sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come. Everything is ready.’
“But all the guests made excuses. The first one said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go look at it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen; I must go and try them. Please excuse me.’ A third person said, ‘I just got married; I can’t come.’ So the servant returned and told his master what had happened. Then the master became angry and said, ‘Go at once into the streets and alleys of the town, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ Later the servant said to him, ‘Master, I did what you commanded, but we still have room.’ The master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes, and urge the people there to come so my house will be full. I tell you, none of those whom I invited first will eat with me.’” (NCV)
Did you see a lot of those people turned down the invitation to God’s banquet, it is because they are too busy with their own affairs than to find time to seek what God has to offer! Those invitations went to less fortunate people! What make matter much worst those people who rejected those invitations left no room for love at the banquet!
It is exactly been happening in today’s church even in past time too! What is becoming much tragic in ministry field that many of those ministry leaders are not trained or even being educated on how to help those people who are diagnosed with mental illness. People diagnosed with mental illness needs extra support, encouragement, comfortable and even more patience.
You have no idea how difficult it has become of them in their life journey, it requires extra time to listen to their story and how they are diagnosed with mental illness based on DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) which are commonly diagnosed by psychiatrists and clinicians.
Often of the time, the people with mental illness do have treatment plan where it will help them to maintain their life within society. Also, you guys within ministry field who have no medical license have no business to tell what to do with their medications and treatment plan. If you are becoming concern about them just learn to ask and listen to them and how you could be helpful toward them.
Number one Important of whole all things above do not even talk about them behind their back or make any kind of assumption. If you do like that then you are not showing true love or showing cherish about them. They are God’s children so treat them with love. You have no idea how they have been unloved for a long time.
I wanted to close with verse:
“If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no live is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is reallty murderer at heart. And you know that murders don’t have eternal life within them.” ~ 1 John 4:14-15 (NLT)