At the Heart of Christian Psychology is Repentance
In one point of my Psychology internships I served as a Chaplin at a Juvenile detention center. This facility was mainly for older boys and young men between ages 12 to 17 and most had committed very serious crimes. I was often asked by these young men how I could help them “fix” their lives. They were off to a good start in doing so themselves just by asking me that question. Their soul was yearning to be free and as my mentor Dr. John Drakeford would say in his book, “Psychology in Search of a Soul”, his soul was seeking to meet his psyche’.
Ezekiel 33:10 tells us that at one point in her history, “Israel had become so offensive to God, that she wasn’t sure what to do about it; just like those young men, their soul was seeking some serious repair and she knew it; she just wasn’t sure how to do it. “Israel was so aware of how far she had strayed from God that a public saying had developed among them which some say was even chanted: “(Our) offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them.” Yet with all of this, Israel wasn’t repentant of her disobedience to God.
This idea of Israel asking God how they should live has come to the forefront of American Christian Psychology; you have to realize you’re sick and if you want to become spiritually and emotionally well, you must change your world view; that is you must repent.
In other words, you must change from living your way to living God’s way.
In his book, “How shall we then live”, author, Francis A. Schaeffer says the very same thing to America and Western civilization that Ezekiel said to Israel.
Schaeffer points out that America is no longer obedient to God and as a result if she continues to do so, America will ultimately self destruct; bear in mind Schaeffer wrote this book in 1976.
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