For starters, we live in a fallen world. Ever since Adam and Eve were slyly lured by the serpent to eat the apple, there's been every imaginable form of sickness and suffering. Therefore, when we encounter medical challenges, it should not be a surprise.
After all, Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but to take heart because He overcame this world. "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NLT)
The reason that I'm writing on this sensitive topic is because faith shaming believers who are sick must stop. Here are some of the false ideas that have become a twisted epidemic in the Christian community:
"If you had more faith, you would be healed.” (In other words, they're claiming that you’re a “Doubting Debbie” and it’s your fault that you are not healed).
"The reason you suffer depression or anxiety is because you have sin in your life." (Excuse me, but the last time I checked my Bible, it said that we are all sinners. That means me and you. None of us are free from sin. Don't take my word for it. Open up your Bible to Romans 3:23 and read it for yourself.)
It's preposterous to think that if someone had more faith or less sin that they would be healed. It saddens me that some people feel the need to point the finger at others in condemnation and harsh judgement. This can explain why so many nonbelievers steer clear of church, of reading the Bible, and of coming to know Christ as their Savior.
Dear Christian Brothers and Sisters, please think before you speak. Please educate yourself about God's Word before you interpret it incorrectly or make others feel less than a Christian. I pray that you can come to know Christ more intimately. That you would discover the true nature of Jesus. That His flawless character is one of infinite love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
Lastly, I suggest you read the Book of Job who was not inflicted with physical, emotional, financial, or spiritual suffering because he was a sinner or because he lacked faith. No, what's most intriguing about Job is that he was inflicted of such agonizing pain and emotional trauma because he was an honorable, Godly man of strong faith.
What the enemy meant for harm, the Lord used for good. In this case, despite the hellish ordeal that Job experienced, he remained faithful. Today, I pray that we may each strive to be more like Job. A man with humility who trusted God in the face of sickness, loss, and suffering.