Mental Health in the Church Pt. 3

3. Medication.

I wrestled with God for so long over this one. I felt that taking medication would some how undermine God. That if I decided to make medicine, I would be sinning and denying Gods ability to work in my life. A part of me enjoyed the struggle to be honest with you.

There was a certain comfort that came from the consistent torment of my thoughts.

After many hours of studying, prayer, and getting advice God gave me my answer. I found Gods answer in this passage:

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
1 Timothy 5:23

You might be wondering where my answer is in this passage. Allow me to explain. Timothy has a “condition” his condition is his stomach and frequent illnesses. Paul could have said just about anything to Timothy to remedy this. He could have said, “Timothy, you just need to have more faith” or “Timothy, you might not be praying hard enough.” Paul said none of those things, Paul told him to treat his Stomach illness medicinally. Paul through the Holy Spirit did not write to Timothy about his prayer life, his faith, his bible study because there would be no need. Timothy was most likely already doing all of these exceedingly well. Paul told him to take some medicine!

I’m not saying it is necessary for everyone who see’s a counselor or a psychiatrist to take medication. I think that a lot of people don’t need it, they just need the skills to over come some of their negative thought patterns or as the bible says, to demolish their “strong holds”. However, what I am saying is don’t be so quick to dismiss the use of medication. If you deal with depression like me for example, if you are depressed you most likely won’t be able to use the skills you learn through your counseling sessions because you are depressed! This goes for any mental illness, the nature of having mental illness can make it difficult to get the most out of therapy. Medication can give you the clarity needed to successfully use the skills you learned in your counseling sessions.

-Patrick

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