Presently, many modern societies are engulfing their citizens with medications through means of the media and profession. In the realm of mental health, there are more people taking medications for their concerns than ever before. Because of these trends, it is important for a Biblical counselor to be aware but also hold a position in addressing this matter.
I perceive that there is a place for medication in the counseling process. I have yet to find scripture that condemns the role of medicine or a physician in addressing a person’s medical needs. Luke was a physician, and he served in ministry (Col. 4:14). Jesus himself presented the illustration of the “Good Samaritan” who provided healing for a wounded man (Luke 10:30-35). Additionally, the apostle Paul advised Timothy to consume some wine to help him with his stomach problem and infirmities (2 Tim. 5:23).
Nonetheless, as much help a physician and medicine may provide for a person, they should first seek God in regards to their needs (Luke 6:33) and then follow through with the impressions that God has placed upon them. For instance, there was a man by the name of Asa who had a severe disease within his feet. However, instead of seeking out God, he sought a physician; things did not end well for him (2 Chron. 16:12-13).
I acknowledge that there will be people who have sought help for their concerns outside of Christ and that a Christian counselor may be at the end of their list. If and when a person who is taking medications would seek me out for counseling, I would make certain inquiries. Among my inquiries, I would like to obtain information over the person’s medical and genetic background, family history (medical, genetic, and behavioral), and do a rule out of any organic nature that may attribute to their problems. I would also share some of the scriptures that address medicine, physicians, and healing.
Additionally, I would express to them that it is my belief that as God continues His work with them, if and when it is in His will over their life, they may phase out of the use of their medications; as such was my experience and that of some counselees I have worked with in the past. I would also pray with them and encourage them to pray on a daily basis on their own, as well as with others. Above all things, I would exhort them to seek God first and then take action upon His impressions over His will for their life.
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