On 20Twenty lately many of our guests have revealed how the pandemic has been far more than a health issue. Lockdown, and everything that follows, is an assault on our whole selves – physical, emotional, and spiritual. As Christians, how can we defend ourselves, and protect others?
There’s no one better to explore the complex ways COVID-19 is impacting on us than adult, child and family psychiatrist Dr John Warlow. Creator of the Christian Wholeness Framework, his passion is bringing the whole Gospel to the whole person. In a wide-ranging conversation, Dr Warlow and Neil Johnson discussed how looking after your body, mind, heart, and spirit can help you remain resilient, and lift others up with you.
In 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV, Paul talks about “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. Certainly, this year has given us plenty to think about, as we’ve fought to solve our practical problems and understand rapidly changing regulations.
But in Ephesians 6, Paul also talks about how we as Christians face a spiritual battle, and Dr Warlow says that’s what we’re dealing with now. “People with a battle for the heart, which is deeper than the mind, will be going through times of discouragement, times of confusion, times of aloneness and shame.”
So how do we “withstand the evil day”? Paul tells us to equip ourselves, and put on the armour of God. “It’s within our hands to be able to bring our whole lives, our social, our physical, our mind, our heart, the central part of our life, our spirit, and actually really be able to face these, and bring resilience and health and healing in all these areas.”
Even if you’re coping well, there may be others around you who aren’t. Though statistics are hard to gather, funeral directors are suggesting that suicide is on the rise. “It is the primary cause of death in a young male adult in Australia,” Dr Warlow said, “even more than road traffic accidents. So this is a real thing, and we’re hoping and praying that today, for yourself and your family, for anyone you know, that you’ll be able to help them.”