On a scale of 1 to 10, how is the Church handling mental health issues?
Dr. Jeremiah Johnston points out that issues of mental health and wellness are not generally well-addressed in the church setting across the board. He explains why questions surrounding mental health are some of the top apologetics needs of our time.
“The Christian truth should be able to withstand the most difficult questions. The job of apologetics is answering questions people have about the faith today. A secular worldview that espouses no life purpose and design leads to horrible results, including devaluing human life.”
“If there is no God, there is no humanity and it becomes law of the jungle. I can walk by this ‘animal’ not created in God’s image. I can walk by them and feel no shame if they end their life. That’s what fills the void if there is no Christ. Most people find it difficult to believe that God really loves them. We must remind people that God loves them.”
Jeremiah discusses mental health needs in the workplace with John Gibson, an experienced business leader. John says our primary focus should be caring for people. He relays stories about his work experiences, and says helping create a successful workplace environment is paramount.
“Caring about one’s employees or coworkers comes from a faith-filled life. You just have to teach people that caring about people should be the number one issue.”
“That kind of love and caring comes from a heart that loves our Lord and serves Him.”
In addressing mental health in the workplace, John advises work leaders to educate themselves, establish processes for handling issues, and care about employees. Finally, he reminds employers to look after their own needs as well.
“Ask for help. The Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation.”
As Christians, we have an opportunity to share the love and hope of Jesus with others. We are not called to avoid mental health challenges in our society today, but to care for all God’s people and address difficult questions that come our way.Mental health: The most important question in apologetics