Blog Project

For this semester’s Introduction to Convergence class, I’ve decided to blog about the Church’s handling of mental health issues. After much consideration, I decided to title this blog More Than Conquerors.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8:31-39 ESV)

In light of this text, how should Christians interact with their brothers and sisters who are plagued with depression? What should we do about our disenchanted world? What do we do when we don’t yet have what is promised to us? How can we address these issues with the grace given to us? As you can see, I’ve got a lot of questions, and that’s a good place to start.

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Photo by Rachel Rohm, overlay by Jude Dias

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One Reply to “Blog Project”

  1. Rachel. I am seriously excited to follow your blog project on mental health issues in the church. Forget the fact that our society has absolutely no idea how to treat, support, discipline, or even institutionalize anyone with mental health issues – the Christian church as a whole is woefully behind as well.
    I think depression is something that is particularly confusing to Christians, as we who have the hope of the world should never, theoretically, be without hope. And yet so often we lose brothers and sisters in Christ to the deadly effects of depression, usually because we only offered platitudes rather than solid support.
    Many have praised the movie Silver Linings Playbook as a wonderful tool to bring awareness to the misconceptions about mental health. What do you think? I enjoyed the movie from an entertainment standpoint, but I would be interested to hear what you have to say about the answers they offer for those who struggle with depression or other mental health issues. Do you think they have a Biblical approach? Or would other tactics be better?

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