“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not be done.” Romans 1:28
“While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.” -Stephen Covey
I want to preface this whole offering by saying that I have the deepest compassion and even understanding for all of those suffering from or because of mental illness or suicide. I suffer myself and have loved ones that I love dearly that suffer or have suffered. I am not a stranger to any of what I write about and that is why I write.
We say that we are open to discussion on this topic, but it seems the world begins to scoff the moment we bring God into it. Yet the existence of God, His original design, and the sin that has broken it are the roots of all mental health issues. Just because one does not believe truth does not change the existence of it and the consequences of denying it. Just because I don’t believe in gravity, doesn’t mean I will fly if I jump off a bridge. Truth is reality and like it or not, reality governs our existence. Denying and rebelling against reality equals mental illness.
The talk of our society these days is the rapidly increasing suicide rate and what to do about mental illness…and this is a serious and important discussion FOR SURE. Studies are showing that one in every four adults deals with a chronic mental illness at some point in their lives. With all of the additional “individual freedoms” we are obtaining as a society, our mental health is declining and failing.
What is creating this atmosphere ripe for mental health issues?
I don’t have all the answers and what I write here is not an all encompassing philosophy on mental health. As someone who suffers consistently from anxiety and panic, I have come to understand the answers for coping with these conditions are holistic and just as individual as the problem is. Please don’t hear this as an individual rebuke. Rather, I want to write about the root of these issues as a whole for our society.
We tend to believe that time does all the work for us mentally. “We’ll grow out of it.” As we enter adulthood, it is implied that we are now grown up and independent…childhood is over and nothing that happened in it should affect us any longer. We are now in charge of our own destiny and responsible for our actions and decisions.
Only science is proving that our entire brains and the way they function are developed during childhood. As a matter of fact, some of the fastest and most important brain growth happens in our first five to ten years of existence.
What we are taught as children and young adults has impact on the entire rest of our lives. No, I don’t believe we have to let it define us, but it WILL affect us in many ways.
Satan knows this and he uses it in his strategies to kill, steal, and destroy.
For instance, let’s examine for a moment what mainstream society has determined to teach children to see if we can get to the ROOT of the ever-growing mental illness/suicide epidemic…
The first thing that is drilled into them through our education system is that they are here by accident. At some point millions of years ago, there was a bang between some particles and the entire universe evolved from there including this intricate-working massive place called earth where there just happens to be the exactly right combination of things that sustain life. None of it was designed and none of it has purpose, therefore we are free to do whatever we want with it. There is nothing purposeful about them and they determine their own destiny. Survival of the fittest rules the day.
So purposeless “free” existence, sweet child. You don’t really ultimately matter, but get out there and make yourself happy somehow anyway.
This effectively removes God from the equation, but when you remove the most important part of an equation, ANY answers that you eventually come up with will be wrong.
The next thing that our political system has taught our children is that life isn’t really that sacred. As a matter of fact, they are lucky that their parents didn’t choose to abort them in the womb. It is not only okay to murder a helpless human being before they can defend themselves, in some circles, it is now celebrated and made out like a strength for the person who does it. And really, why would life be sacred if it is here by accident any way? This is definitely a reasonable practice if evolution is your foundation for it.
So lucky “right full” existence, child. Now that you have survived, you can one day make the society-embraced choice to have sex whenever you want and rid yourself of any and all “inconveniences”. Oh! but even though you didn’t matter in the womb, please don’t take your own life…it matters now.
Are you getting the picture of what we are really dealing with here mentally? Irrationality on a foundational level has become commonplace and accepted by the majority.
Into this climate, we now bring the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc, etc, etc age. We have desecrated life…why not now desecrate sex…oh and biology. Now kids are asked from a young age to determine whether they feel more like a girl or a boy and to base lifelong decisions on that determination. In an age where sexual activity is as commonplace as athletics in kids as young as elementary school, we have placed a whole new dimension of confusion. There is no wrong answer…be sexually attracted to anything or anyone…change your whole biological identity. It’s all correct.
So genderless “sex full” existence, child. You get to pick everything…your classes, your bed partner, your sex organs all in the same year if you want. We don’t expect it to do any harm or damage to your other biological parts…like your brain.
I could go on… our chaotic lifestyles…our measures of success…our definitions of entertainment…our fascination with fame and fortune…our access to so much dark information…our refusal to rest… it all begins to epidemically add up.
The devil is a smart one. He knows how to take over. He starts with the kids. If he can remove the concept of God and truth from their systems… if he can tear their family apart (the ultimate teaching and support system)… if he can get them to believe life is not really that important… if he can send them desperately running after all their lusts and passions while the media cheers them on and without immediate consequences…he can rule the world.
But the thing is, there are consequences…and to love is to warn of danger ahead…
God created this world and intricately designed it. Everything He set into place works together for wholeness. He gives everything purpose. He created life to be sacred…something ONLY HE can give. He created gender and sexual organs and the act of sex to be intricately involved in that sacredness. He created man and wife and the family to be the foundational establishment for healthy children. And He created the brain to allow us to think freely and to fulfill our purpose and to thrive in wholeness under the conditions He set forth from the beginning.
“For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Col 1:16
Ultimately everything was created for Him…to remove Him is to beg for destruction …and as we continue to wander further and further from the Truth and design that God has given us in His Word, it can only and eventually affect our sanity.
We are so far from the Original Plan now, that I am convinced we are dealing with depravity in our societal thought processes. Just as Adam and Eve’s sin affected the entire universe, I think this depravity is now snaking its way through every aspect of our lives and affecting many mentally. The spirit of lawlessness is beginning to have its way on the earth and the only thing that is holding us back from complete chaos is the mercy of a God who loves us SO much that He makes us His inheritance. He is a God who gives mercy after mercy after mercy in the hopes that we will turn from our sins and begin to walk back toward wholeness. Our God is willing, able, and waiting to pour out restoration the moment we turn away from the sin that is destroying us.
Sin. That’s a word you can’t say anymore without feeling outdated and tired. Only it’s the disease at the root of every disease especially mental illness.
Please hear me. I am not saying that it is a sin to have mental issues. I am not even saying that the above principles the world is so adamantly teaching have anything overtly to do with your specific case of mental illness.
All I am saying is that this battle as a whole…the mental illness one…the suicide one…it isn’t getting better until we address the choices we have made in the belief systems that we are marketing and flat out teaching to the youngest and most vulnerable among us.
MENTAL HEALTH depends on pursuing God’s design, because God’s design encompasses every one of our brains.
We completely have the choice to live outside of that design, but we don’t get to control how that contributes to the depravity of our minds and of our society.
The more we learn, understand, and submit to the plan of God, the healthier our minds become.
The further we get from the original plans…the scarier it becomes to live on this planet…for all of us.
“So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” John 8:31-32