What if we treated physically sick or hungry people like we handle mental illness?
The sad reality of the above is that it barely tells half of the story.
All you have to do is walk into the hallowed halls of religion to see all of the above – plus:
You should pray more.
If only you had more faith.
God must be punishing you.
Are you sure you don’t have unconfessed sin in your life?
Just claim your healing in Christ!
Have you fasted and prayed?
And, the above also gets inflicted on physical illness, relational struggle or personal brokenness/addiction with equally reckless abandon.
At least on the secular side, we have comic strip artists and the crude, sexist and utterly profane rantings of people like Dave Chappelle to take potshots at this order of positive-thinking nonsense.
But, in the church? We’re too busy being self-righteously angry at people who would dare to speak like (or even post a link to) Chappelle while forever being accepting and tolerant of the little old ladies of the church who spout so much worse…