The past few months have been very special in regard to mental health and the rise of attention that has been brought to the topic. It has been intriguing to see the number of Christians in the arts that have addressed the topic head on. In July Jackie Hill Perry tweeted encouragement to those who were in need of counseling, and that no one should be ashamed of it.
Counseling is not for "crazy" people. Counseling is for human beings. Don't let anyone shame you away from receiving the help you need.
— Jackie Hill Perry (@JackieHillPerry) June 19, 2017
Lecrae himself personally expressed the mental health struggles he dealt with when he released the single “Can’t Stop Me Now (Destination)” earlier this year. He further explained the lyrics from this single in a recent interview on Sway In The Morning. Start at the 7 minute mark when you click the video below the single.
Fellow labelmate Andy Mineo also revealed his mental health struggles on his “Honest 2 God Freestyle,” where he discussed the Alzheimer’s his grandmother had, as well as his breakdown in front of his wife.
For a long time mental health was a topic that wasn’t discussed nor was it understood, both in or outside of the church. The only thing that was said toward those with mental health issues was that they’re crazy, or they have a demon. It’s easier to make statements like that than it is to truly dig in and examine the complex nature of our brain and mental state.
The ironic part of this is that when it comes to our physical health, we know that a doctor is well equipped to deal with the ailments we have, yet it doesn’t cross our minds that there is a professional way to deal with the ailments and afflictions of our minds. Yes, both our physical and mental health has a spiritual component that cannot be dismissed, but that doesn’t mean you dismiss the natural components as well.
From chemical imbalances and illnesses to some of the toxic ways of coping with our circumstances, we need to treat our mental health as seriously as we should treat our physical help. This topic has become very important to me—enough so that I featured actor, singer, and mental health therapist Charletta Rozzell on my blog Thoughts Of Redemption on mental health and therapy.
God has raised up a lot of influential voices that are able to speak on the issues of mental health and I believe it is because this is something that He truly cares about. Just like He made the hearing ear and the seeing eye, as Proverbs 20:12 proclaims, He made the thinking mind as well.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The Lord has made them both. Proverbs 20:12 NKJV
The gospel speaks about the complete redemption of creation, and one day we will witness complete restoration of our bodies. Until then, God has given us ways to deal with the fallen world we live in, and by His grace and wisdom, may we use of all that He has given us.