As you have probably heard, Rick Warren’s 27-year-old son committed suicide. That’s about the saddest thing I can imagine, both that someone would take his own life and that those who love him would have to go through that sorrow. I pray for the Warrens and for others who have gone through this. But that’s not what I want to post about.
The Washington Post published a follow-up story on Christians’ reactions to the suicide, focusing on the stigma often attached in evangelical circles to seeking psychological help. Various church leaders are quoted, saying as how Christians in mental distress should, in fact, seek professional help and that churches should support them in that. But that’s not what I want to post about either.
I was struck by this quotation:
“Part of our belief system is that God changes everything, and that because Christ lives in us, everything in our hearts and minds should be fixed,” said Ed Stetzer, a prominent pastor and writer who advises evangelical churches. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes need medical help and community help to do those things.”
Is that true, that “everything in our hearts and minds should be fixed”? That we should expect either Christ or doctors or some combination of the two to “fix” every aspect of our lives that is out of whack? Not just our moral failings but “everything in our hearts and minds”?