Christians View Of Healthcare: Are We Sick From Our Past Sin? Christ’s Teaching Provides Answers That Secular Doctors Deny

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“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?….” 1 Corinthians 6:19

People suffering from mental illness meet many challenges in getting help for their issues.  Concordia (2016) reports that “approximately one in five American adults experience mental illness each year.”  That’s 18% of the population, with children ages 8-15 being severely mentally ill at some point during their young lives making up 13% of the population.  That’s a lot of Americans suffering from mental illness, and serious mental distress among the American population is increasing, according to a blog called “Health”. (2017).

So how is it that so many people are left with little to no resources to help them in their fight against their mental illnesses?  The “Health” blog reports that people have not had easy access to mental health treatment options because the healthcare industry is complex, and the number of healthcare providers has not kept up with the need, yet there are conflicting reports that have mental health treatment options easier to access due to Obamacare.  Which view is correct and accurately describes the problem in our country’s secularistic domination of our health treatment programs?

“You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20

What can Christians do to escape the stranglehold of pharmaceutical companies that treat for symptom-management but don’t quite heal a person from their mental or physical illnesses?

Don’t be impressed with your all wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you’ll gain renewed health and vitality. – Proverbs 3:7-8 

American health care has forced citizen’s into paying into the federal government, and at a hefty price, to fulfill the laws surrounding the requirement of having medical health coverage.  No longer are our treatments for mental or physical health a choice made by the people, but this is government-run.  Healthcare insurance companies and treatments for mental illness are not our choice, but are legally mandated by insurance companies that make us pay for federal government-run health care at hefty prices.  Otherwise we risk paying a fine at the end of the year if caught without healthcare insurance.

If you believe like I do that mental health treatment is barbaric, and non-caring about the person’s well-being, you may cringe at the thought of having someone sent to a health care treatment provider who prescribes pills for all the maladies that a person has.  No longer is there compassion, or real caring for such persons.  If there were, facilities would allow Jesus Christ into the treatment providing scenario. 

Jesus is the only true healer of the body and mind.  He cares enough to offer us redemption from our sins and can heal us from the damages of that sin.  He is the only Way, Truth and Life we have, and for that I am grateful.

There is no health in my bones because of my sin. – Psalm 38:3b

Sin take its toll on the human body and mind and can create devastating illness in the body.  Why isn’t Jesus spoken of in healthcare treatment? 

Secular humanism has taken it’s toll.  We are not healed by secular humanism.  Secular humanists do not even believe in Our God, and the wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our Heavenly Father is the creator of mankind and blew life into the first man, Adam, after creating his body from dust (Genesis 2:7).  How can mankind think he knows more than Christ?

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?….” 1 Corinthians 6:19

It is man’s arrogance and greed that produces medical practices such as the pharmaceutical companies we are required to pay for in order to fulfill the healthcare laws of this country.  Like the Nazi’s of Hitler’s Germany, we are forced to comply.  Like in Hitler’s days of medicine, it has stayed godless and Hitler is a fine example of what medicine can do in the sickness industry, for it is not the medical health industry.  

I can no longer work in an industry that promises health but only offers godless health treatments for those who suffer in silence, and for those suffering from mental illness who can’t find answers to their maladies in our mental health treatments today.

Showcasing Skills: Seeking Jesus Through Prayer At A Time When I Need His Help

As I seek a better job opportunity, I have thought about my past education, goals and plans.  I wanted to be a nonprofit owner and founded a nonprofit in Cleveland, Ohio some years ago.  I took classes at the University of Akron around nonprofit management and briefly considered urban planning as a change in education from clinical psychology and practicing as a therapist and mental health clinician.  I had taught classes at a University which brought in a good income when I held the job.

sunny pathIt is all very profound to me, reviewing my past and present career goals, and I’ve decided that I have become a life-long learner always interested in learning something new.  But as I was reviewing my history, searching for ways to improve my resume with my experience and skills being showcased in a new way, I reflected on founding and directing a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.  I took all the classes offered at the Cleveland Foundation that were offered free of charge on nonprofit management.  Those were the years I enjoyed learning about being a nonprofit Director yet I was not a believer in Christ yet.

From California on, I believed I had a special gift in writing and had had the experience of having lost my connection with my daughter, Kindred Kohler, who had been taken from me by her dad, Wayne Kohler, by a frauded document and other maneuvers that were illegal.  He had been violent and I tried taking my daughter to a battered women’s shelter to protect both her and I.  This was during the 1980’s when family violence was not protected by the police; they just asked you if you wanted them to do anything else after arriving on the scene but did not take the offenders away back in those days.  So I was left with no police protection and had to go on my own through the family court system in Solano County, California.

There’s more to the story, however this blog post is about making a better life for myself and including in my resume the information regarding my having taken nonprofit management courses, and founding a nonprofit.  Those skills are not found with every applicant for the Office Manager jobs I’ve been seeking as I’ve had the title at the last job I had working as a temporary employee before landing a permanent job where I currently work.

My resume does not include any of my experience as a nonprofit founder, and office skills are included in such work.  These days I have had to take the jobs that staffing agencies have given me although I know that those temporary jobs are beneath my true job skills.

Other skills I’ve utilized are from presenting my court case in a way that was understandable to myself and others I spoke with at the time, only the law is not for those bringing cases who are representing themselves as their own attorney and so I never could get my child custody case straightened out.  I always lost since I was going up against an attorney.  Advocating comes naturally to me; I guess I always was one.

You see, in my practice as a clinician, I was an advocate for patients, on both sides of the aisle; as an advocate for patients in psychiatric hospitals, as well as on the opposing side through a patient’s right’s advocacy agency.

My journalism background with internet radio about the laws around child custody having been a major component of life for me then has continuing implications in my life.  In those years I was studying to become a licensed psychologist, but the family law problems got in the way.  I lost much and could not afford the student loans I had taken out.

Life has been like a roller-coaster, wanting Jesus as my savior yet wanting the things I had strived so hard to obtain so many years ago and not wanting to be left broke all my life.  I don’t want to work in any old office doing the work that anyone can do; that is not where my gifts are.

Mental Health And Healing Requires Knowledge Of God

How would one who practices therapeutic interventions in the field of psychology be able to turn feelings and experiences into questioning whether God is real and being willing to find out?  Pain is a great motivator and when one is brought down to their knees metaphorically speaking, they may want Christ Jesus to help them return to a life they can deal with.  No only deal with but keep them from falling again.

He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. – Psalm 121:3

If a therapist could chance it and talk about Christ to a person receiving mental health treatment, who seeks a way out of misery and hearing voices, would it be worth it?  I think it would.

No matter what the problem of the day, anyone who turns to Christ Jesus has a better chance of becoming strengthened by a trust in Christ.

Christ overcame all. 

He is a friend to me and can be to anyone.

Give your hearts to Him, and watch how your life becomes steady and stays on solid ground.

Drafting Opinions About the Mental Health Disordered World We’re Living In

So I wrote in my last blog post here about why I am writing this blog; the nagging idea that I no longer want to work as a therapist, social worker, and mental health clinician anymore in my life.  I’m nearing an age where I have to take my daily life seriously and work to make my personal world a better place.

It takes money, and I dream of the day when I own my own company and can live how I want to; no neighbors, room-mates or annoying people bothering me.

Don’t you want freedom, the power to lead the life you want to live?

I want my own space to do photography, or maybe news of a different kind.

This blog is a place for me to analyze my life’s path in the field of psychology and maybe make a change in people’s lives by being a voice about the problems I’ve faced working in these “helping” professions.

Having been on the inside, I think a few opinions from an experienced mental health clinician is in order.  It’s a failed system in my opinion.