As a pastor I spend a lot of time with Christians who struggle with sleep. This is far more common than we think. Some people struggle with sleep for some physical reasons (lifestyle issues like drinking too much caffeine or working too late) and some for psychological reasons (like depression, anxiety, etc). This is not a simple problem with a simple solution, the kind of pastoral situation that you have a ‘one size fits all’ approach. So it was with great joy that I came across a rather new book by Adrian Reynolds called ‘And so to Bed…: A Biblical View of Sleep‘.
On Sunday we took a look at the very personal and prominent issue of spiritual depression. We had a very helpful sermon by Jamie Hurd on Psalm 42-43 that you can download here.
Jamie also reviewed a book of daily meditations that can really help us when we struggle called a shelter in the storm that you can buy here.
So, I’m still thinking about this issue….A few friends have facebooked encouragements, and a few comments have shown that this is an issue for others.
When I searched my heart on this, one of the aspects of failure that breaks my heart is the way we treat the one who failed. Last night I went onto a toxic web site and read how some people seemed to take glee in the fall of a Christian. On the weekend someone mentioned how their friends were attacking another friend who had fallen.
It just makes me feel sick.
Am I right in assuming that people take joy in Christians falling?
So, how should we respond to those who fall (or don’t live up to the ‘throne’ we put them on):
- Conviction not Chamberlainism
- Care not condemnation