“What is the most important apologetics question of our time?”
That is the question posed by Dr. Jeremiah.
“The Church has an amazing opportunity right now. If the Church can articulate an answer to this question in a biblically powerful way, this could be the key to unlocking a serious revival in our Church.”
Many people in the Church struggle with mental illness either personally or through the connection of a loved one. The most common questions that the Christian Thinkers Society receive relate to issues of suicide and mental health. This spurs Jeremiah for his mission and vision for the Christian Thinkers Society
“I want to equip you and help you minister to people who are hurting,”
He explains what this looks like in action:
Christians should stop the silence surrounding mental illness
We must stop the shame and exclusion
We need to understand mental illness and be present.
There are many examples of Christians through history and in today’s church who have struggled with mental illness. Jeremiah draws parallels between common physical infirmities and mental ones.
“Do you know the Bible has a lot to say about mental health, right thinking, loving God, and training our mind?”
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” Mark 2:17
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and will all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Jeremiah advises Christians with these reminders:
Remember that every family struggles.
Commit to love instead of judge, condemn, and misunderstand.
Build support groups for every age level for addressing mental health disorders.
Encourage the mentally ill in our church communities to serve.