I wish the Church could learn from the counseling world. Although the body of Christ ought to be the place where we can share our deepest struggles and our most embarrassing weaknesses, too often we show up on Sunday with a smile on our face and a report on God’s blessings, with maybe an obscure reference to “personal sin” thrown in for a few seconds.
I say this with all the love in the world for the universal Church. In a lot of ways, it’s doing so much right. I think the Church is excellent at meeting people’s physical and spiritual needs. Where it often fails, however, is addressing people’s emotional needs. It is easy for me to fall back into thinking America’s Christian culture’s rhythms and language are normal. That is, until I talked with a woman who has gone to counseling, and then I pulled her out of the church business meeting so we could keep talking, because it was intoxicating. Continue reading