Are You Schizophrenic?

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Are You Schizophrenic?

In Matthew 16, Simon has just declared that Jesus is the Christ. In verse 18 we find that Jesus calls Simon “Peter,” then He states that upon this rock He will build His church and the gates of hell will not stand against it. Only four verses later, we see that when Jesus begins to tell the disciples about His upcoming death, Peter makes a strong declaration. “God forbid, Lord! This must never happen to you!” (Amp. Bible) Notice that Peter is even using the Name of the Lord in making his bold statement. But what does Jesus do? He doesn’t turn and say, “Peter, you’ve got it all wrong.” He turns to Peter and says, “Get behind me Satan! You are in my way…and a snare to me, for you are minding what partakes not of the nature and quality of God, but of men.” (Amp. Bible) It appears here that Peter is of two mindsets within a very short period of time.

Jas. 1:8 refers to a person who is double-minded. In other words, he is referring to one who has more than one mind. Doesn’t it sound like he is describing Peter here? There are many Christians who fall into this category. They have a mind for spiritual things when they are at church, but often, as soon as they get in the car, they have switched gears to a worldly mindset.

I looked up the word “schizophrenia” in the Webster’s New World Dictionary.
It is “a mental disorder characterized by separation between thought and emotions,…by bizarre behavior.”

There are many people who will go to church on Sunday and act “spiritual,” but on Monday when they are at work, they don’t care anything about others who are in their path. They will run them over to climb the ladder of success. How many people will act really nice to those in the church family, but at home, they are often yelling and cussing at their own family? How many will tell the pastor what a great message he preached, only to get in the car and start having the pastor as the appetizer for their meal? How many times do we find ourselves challenged by the message, only to forget about it within minutes of leaving the service? Wouldn’t you say that these fall under the term “bizarre behavior” for people who profess to be Christians? Do we find that there are many “schizophrenic Christians?”

As moms, we wear many hats. We often switch from one role to another in just a matter of minutes (sometimes seconds!). Because of this, it’s easy find ourselves falling into the trap of separating the spiritual side of life from the unspiritual side. Let me give you some examples to clarify what I mean.

Our spiritual side of life is: going to church, reading, praying, doing devotions, helping at church or other “religious” activities.
Unspiritual side of life is: cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, changing diapers, giving baths to the children, playing with the children, shopping…..

What we need to realize about life is that IT’S ALL SPIRITUAL! How we handle ourselves at work reflects on our spiritual mindset, showing whether we are a double-minded person, unstable in our ways. Do others even know by our behavior that we are Christians? Do we go to Little League games, making a complete spectacle of ourselves with our yelling and belittling comments about the umpire or the coach? Or, do we encourage our children to do the best they can, and to keep a good attitude even when there may be some unfair calls made by the umpire? Do we help them to understand that winning isn’t everything? Do we teach them to be a good sport, whether they win or lose?

Even how we spend our money can show if we are double-minded. Are we buying impulsively to satisfy our fleshly desires? Are we buying because emotionally we feel that we need a “lift” for the day? Or, are we thinking about being wise in our purchases, only buying things to meet the needs of our family? Are we being obedient to our husbands in our purchases?

How we take care of our family can show whether we are double-minded in our thinking. How we take care of the house can show whether we have fallen into the trap of double-minded thinking. We are to do our work as if working for the Lord. (Col. 3:23)

As wives and moms, we “work” all of the time! We need to be careful to keep our mindset from becoming double-minded. We have been so bombarded by our culture that we have different “compartments” in our lives. It’s far too easy to want to separate those areas into the categories of spiritual and unspiritual, when in reality, it truly is all spiritual. That is why it so important for us to renew our minds (Rom. 12:2), to be made new in the attitude of our mind (Eph. 4:23), and to set our minds on things above (Col. 3:12).

Father, help us to remember that everything we do affects us spiritually. Help us to realize that it’s all about You. Help us to have the mind of Christ in all that we say, think, and do. Amen.

© 2003, Stacy R Miller

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