Coming for the children
When the evil is done, it is done incrementally, insidiously and slowly. First they’ll cast aspersions, then they’ll undermine freedom.
Religion can be a source of comfort that improves well-being. But some kinds of religiosity could be a sign of deeper mental health issues.
Seeing their kids more eager to pray than play video games, most parents would shout, “Hallelujah” or whatever their expression of joy. And they should. Research shows that religion can be a positive force in the lives of children, just as can be for adults. “Religion,” says Bill Hathaway, a clinical psychologist of religion and Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University, “is related to the child having a higher sense of self esteem, better academic adjustment and lower rates of substance abuse and delinquent or criminal behavior.”
So if your child is immersed in scripture after school and prays regularly throughout the day, you may breathe a sigh of relief. She’s such a good girl. My boy is okay.
Or maybe not. Your child’s devotion may be a great thing, but there are some kids whose religious observances require a deeper look. For these children, an overzealous practice of their family faith — or even another faith — may be a sign of an underlying mental health issue or a coping mechanism for dealing with unaddressed trauma or stress.
Who defines “overzealous”? What is “mental health”? In their view it’s the mental health professional that does it. It’s also the mental health professional who is in the government back pocket, as it were, particularly as all of it comes down to socialized medicine. They will question religious training of children because they’ve already put into question parental ability of training children. Just as the Second Amendment is crumbling before our eyes, so too the First Amendment will be trashed as the progressives of our time seek to follow a new order. Free exercise? What does “exercise” mean anymore?
There is one overarching question to this or any other similar issue these days, as it was posed centuries ago by Juvenal, the Roman poet witnessing the debauchery and decline of the empire. In Latin it’s, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? In English it’s loosely translated, who watches the watchers? Who will guard the guardians? Or, who will hold to account those who rule? In a godless society, the people themselves. In a God-fearing society, God Himself.