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13 Sep, 10 tweets, 2 min read
PSA: You can love Jesus, be an incredibly devoted follower and see a counselor or therapist (in fact, you should).

You can bear the fruit of the Spirit in your life and take meds for mental health issues like anxiety and depression. #MentalHealthMatters
One of the most damaging lies perpetuated by the Church is that mental health issues, diagnosed or undiagnosed, come from a lack of faith.
Here’s the thing: prayer and other spiritual disciplines are critical to mental and emotional and spiritual health. But they aren’t the only tools.
You can try to pray away PTSD, depression, anxiety... and sometimes it works. I’ve seen God heal these things.

But that can’t be the ONLY approach. That’s the exception. The same way healing from cancer or illness are not the norm for believers.
Jesus isn’t against doctors, mental health professionals or medication to treat mental health issues any more than he’s against those things to treat high blood pressure or chicken pox.
Again, Jesus can (and does) heal these complex mental health issues. But he also doesn’t.

The problem isn’t Jesus. The problem isn’t you either.
Every single follower of Jesus has ongoing struggles that will never be conquered this side of Heaven. Every. Single. One. Of. Us.
There is no shame in utilizing all the tools available to aid in that struggle. Go to a counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist. Talk to your doctor about if medication is right for you.
I am a Pastor. I seek counsel from spiritual leaders AND mental health professionals. I pray & meditate daily AND take meds for depression (I also used to take meds for anxiety).

They all have made a big difference in my mental health AND spiritual growth.
I feel like I tweet that a lot and that everyone has heard it. Any time this comes, I hear a voice that says “stop sharing that”. But it’s too important not to share.

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And I’ve seen this principle play out over and over and over again among followers of Jesus.
The name comes from a war story my Dad told me. He was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam as an Explosives Expert. He has some absolutely horrifying stories, but this one is actually a great illustration.
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I used to read the Prophets & the Old Testament narratives slightly confused about how faithful people could so quickly and deeply turn to idols.

Watching the American church in 2020... Now I get it.
People that have seen God’s power first-hand, witnessed and experienced His faithful love, can still turn to idols on a dime. Why? I think it’s because idols are easier.
All people are on a trajectory toward pride that must be resisted constantly, lest they fall victim to the original sin. Comfort is the enemy of Christ-likeness.

So... deeply good, kind and devoted people create gods in their own image to worship.
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We are conditioned as evangelical/mega church pastors that we “can’t be political”. Or that when we support anything controversial that we’re compromising our ability to reach people for Jesus.

That’s flat out wrong.
The only thing we’re protecting by “not being political” are the oppressive systems. (Systems that we largely benefit from by the way.) Political isn’t bad, it’s necessary, because politics are about people. Jesus was political.
I think we should avoid being partisan. But there is no option where you teach what Jesus said and did without upsetting the powers that be. Grace is radical. Humility is countercultural. Love is provocative.
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“Micro-churches” are not a trend. They are the primary avenue of spiritual growth for all followers of Jesus since Peter preached at Pentecost.
Andy Stanley nails it (paraphrased): people grow most in circles, not rows.

Every believer I’ve ever talked to experienced their most significant spiritual growth in the context of intimate community and close relationships. Often facilitated by a mentor/guide.
But here’s where we get it wrong: successful megachurches aren’t some shallow spiritual wasteland. They are just a church of churches. Collections of communities that gather for a type of service once per week.
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In Civil War, T'Challa is driven by vengeance masquerading as justice. He wants to get justice for his father and he thinks killing the culprit (Bucky) would be just. However...
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