I am all too familiar with the saying, be an encourager because theirs already enough critics in the world.
Today this hit home more directly than ever. In a discussion with a fellow Christian, she proceeds to enlighten me of her unsolicited opinion pertaining to mental Illness. She without hesitation insists mental Illness is a lie brought about by Satan. And that if everyone had Christ their would be no need for pharmaceuticals or psychiatrists.
I have only heard about the naysayers following the belief that since you cannot see it, it must not be real banter. I had never actually been faced with someone who boldly preaches this opinion without reservation.
My first thought goes to Mathew 7:1, Judge not lest ye be judged.
But an interesting thing happens when your more enlightened with God’s grace. You no longer second guess your own stance or opinion at the fist sign of opposition. Instead you stand firm in your beliefs and extend that grace to your critics.
Proverbs 15:1-2, A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
I could spend an entire day reciting medical journals, scripture in the Bible where I feel we should have learned to be accepting of various afflictions, genetic changes over years of modified environmental factors, and a barrage of other reasons I believe there is hard evidence to support legitimate diagnosed mental illnesses. But today, I will remain steadfast in my pursuit to educate that in mental Illness and with modern medical treatment and therapies you can focus on God and Christ and be an overcome of not just mental Illness but also the stigma from those who choose not to understand such a complex issue.
Never give up, always look up, never shut up, and continue to talk up mental health!
End the stigma!