There’s a famous quote by Wendy Mass that goes like this: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” Sadly, this is the truth. People are dying from spiritual disease every day. If not by something overt, like addiction, then by mere loneliness and isolation. Many of the people in your Church are in extreme pain. Many have become jaded. They are walking through life, not in malice, but in indifference because they know there is no God. No God would allow them to suffer existentially the way they’ve been doing for the past decade or more. They are the quiet nihilists that want to do right by their family, make a good living, and drink a six-pack and/or a few glasses of wine at the end of the day to take the edge off.
This is the type of spiritual sickness that goes undiagnosed. Many of these people are not able to love anyone, nor do they feel deeply loved by others. Don’t misunderstand this assertion. I’m not calling them “bad people.” I’m arguing that there are a lot of people who’ve been living anti-social lifestyles for so long, that there are dopaminergic justifications in their daily routines that mitigate their suffering just enough to justify the pain of bearing the human condition. Translation: “Who can blame them for having a few drinks? Or judging people on social media? Who are you to deny me my cigarettes? For God’s sake they just legalized it. It’s just weed.”
Often, these people are “engaged” in the Church – hiding in plain sight. They might even be involved in a ministry or two. They have friends. People like them. They have a smart, cynical sense of humor, but deep down, they’re hurting, and they feel a desperation they can’t fully articulate – but they know their own salvation is a non-starter. I know this because I’ve been one of these people and I’m friends with several people who’ve fallen into this category.
This is no one’s fault, per se. This is just a byproduct of living in a consumerist culture and letting it get the best of us. The Marketing Machine is persuasive. Roughly 25% of our economy is marketing (advertising, sales, branding, etc. all fall under that umbrella). Clearly, our culture is sick, but this book is not a manifesto on social pathology. I’m merely trying to explain how spiritual sickness can be covert, and in many cases, go completely unnoticed.
This book is meant to show you why and how to tell spiritually inspiring stories which can live on the other six days of the week. This book is meant to convince you that telling stories that matter will save lives. For some, spiritual death happens long before actual death. A trauma that goes unresolved can haunt a person for a lifetime. What if you had the opportunity to uncover these traumas and show people how to heal them? You would then be doing the deepest work your ministry calls you to do.
This book and the resources on our website will show you how to help people courageously confront their spiritual wounds. These are the wounds that hold us back from having a sustained connection to God and to the people in our lives.
We need to start talking more about the source of pain in people’s lives – and let Church be the arena in which we have this conversation.BUY THIS BOOK ON AMAZON OR AUDIBLE