When Healing Only Happens in Heaven

For people suffering from less chronic forms of clinical depression, God sometimes sees fit to provide healing. Then there are some people who have a bad day, and think their melancholy equates to the clinical depression that ravages the spirit of people like Matthew Warren. And we’re dumbfounded all over again that people who claim to be saved act like they aren’t.

Something, which, by the way, people who’ve never had clinical depression do themselves every day, only in other ways, and with consequences that usually aren’t as permanent.

Or as demeaning.

Deconstructing the taboos helping to marginalize depressed people into the shadows of life – shadows that only exacerbate their problems – will go a long way towards demonstrating Christ’s love to them.

Praying God’s mercy on them will go even farther.

From his smorgasboard of church experience, ranging from the Christian and Missionary Alliance to the Presbyterian Church in America, Tim Laitinen brings a range of observations to his perspective on how we Americans worship, fellowship, and minister among our communities of faith. As a one-time employee of a Bible church in suburban Fort Worth, Texas and a former volunteer director of the contemporary Christian music ministry at New York City's legendary Calvary Baptist, he's seen our church culture from the inside out. You can read about his unique viewpoints at o-l-i.blogspot.com.

Publication date: May 7, 2013