EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week I wrote a post about the church’s misconceptions about mental illness. A sweet mom of a bipolar child had a few things to say about the church’s lack of ministry in this area. I wanted to share her comments with you. The church is not alone. Misconceptions about mental illness in society plague the families of the mentally ill and hinder advocacy and progress in dealing effectively with mental illness. Here is her response to the post:
Someone once told me we’ll be able to pick out the Baptists when we get to heaven. They’ll be the ones the covered dishes. Eating has always been a hallmark for us church folks. We love to eat and gather around the dinner table.
The trouble is, it seems to me the church is guilty of treating church like a pot luck supper. More and more we’re ignoring God’s banquet table and cooking up our own “kitchen religion”. The church would rather eat whatever tastes good than feast on God’s Word. The church would rather roast a bunch of rules and regulations than feast on the Bread of Life. The church would rather gorge on opulence than taste obedience.
“I’ve made myself available to those who haven’t bothered to ask. I’m here, ready to be found by those who haven’t bothered to look. I kept saying ‘I’m here, I’m right here’ to a nation that ignored me. I reached out day after day to a people who turned their backs on me, People who make wrong turns, who insist on doing things their own way. They get on my nerves, are rude to my face day after day, Make up their own kitchen religion, a potluck religious stew.
Isaiah 65:1-3 MSG
As long as we believe that the law has something to do with righteousness we will exalt ourselves on a bad day and sink into depression on a good day – why?
Because the law was designed to show us our Need For Christ and that’s why “Christ is the end of the law for all who believe!” So on a bad day you manage to think you successfully kept the law which causes you to exalt yourself. On a good day you fail at keeping the law and so you become depressed which is what needs to happen for you to understand that All Righteousness is already Freely Given to All who believe!