This vignette is one of many examples of how Luther encouraged his followers to reinterpret life by exegeting it from a gospel perspective. He cared for souls by promoting the curative attitude of spiritual insight into the redemptive meaning behind events and experiences: cure through looking at life through the lens of the cross of Christ.
I believe the church should lead the way in comprehensive and compassionate care for all people facing intense mental and emotional struggles.
Will God say to us and our churches, “Well done, thou good and faithful shepherds of the weak and sick”? Or, will God nouthetically confront us and our churches saying, “I am against you false shepherds who refuse to minister compassionately to my weak and sick sheep”?
It wasn’t in the medical doctors of the day where the mentally ill found compassionate care. It was in Luther. And how did Luther care like Christ?
How do we cultivate a gospel-centered culture of grace in our churches as we respond to sufferers struggling with deep, ongoing emotional distress?
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