Sanctity of Life Sunday: The Seriously Mentally Ill are Image Bearers Too
This Sunday, January 20, 2019 is Sanctity of Life Sunday. People around the nation will honor the gift of life, from the pre-born, to the elderly and the disabled, through prayer, marches, and gatherings. Why should this matter to us? Because it matters to God. Every person is made in the image of God, Imago Dei.
Every one matters.
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them. - Genesis 1:27
In the United States, roughly 4% of the population has some form of a serious mental illness. That’s close to 10 million image bearers. At least 40% of these individuals are receiving no treatment. An even smaller percentage of this group has such severe forms of mental illness that they cannot advocate for themselves. These are the people who currently reside in our prisons and on our streets.
This Sunday, when you gather in your churches, please mention and pray for the seriously mentally ill and their families too. These are the forgotten, untouchables of our day. It’s time to include them in our prayers and advocacy efforts because they are not forgotten or marginalized by God.
Speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves reflects the very heart of God. Join us on this Sanctity of Life Sunday in celebrating and praying for life with dignity for those suffering on the fringe of our society.