Jesus Freak: Your Religion Shouldnâ€™t Trump Your Kidâ€™s Health
Jesus Freak:Â I am a Christian mom who was raised in a fundamental Christian home. I have questioned my beliefs and have come to love myself and God on my own terms. I’m raising my kids the same way.Â
I am normally hesitant to tell people that I believe in faith healing, or divine healing, because itâ€™s not widely understood. And when it is, it has negative connotationsâ€”like crazy snake handlers in the Ozarks or unyielding parents who insist God will heal their child at the expense of his life.
Iâ€™m not either of those types of people, but I do believe. I have seen healing work in my life multiple times, and I am not here to convince anyone or argue. Iâ€™ve questioned and practiced my beliefs, and Iâ€™m comfortable with them after close to a decade. I often would rather not talk about it because this is the kind of thing that I believe most people should figure out for themselves.
But one thing I have learned as a new parent is that I donâ€™t know everything. Parenting is utterly unpredictable and can be terrifying. I thought that I would go into this whole parenting gig with my set beliefs and come out on top. Iâ€™m sure any new parent can understand that everything I once believed has been turned upside down. I know Iâ€™m better for it; my relationship with God, my faith, and my love for myself have grown much stronger as a parent.
Nonetheless, there is a line where your faith affects your parenting. Every time parents make headlines for sacrificing their childâ€™s health for their religious beliefs, like this Jehovahâ€™s Witness mother who was overruled by a judge for refusing treatment with blood products for her very ill 13-year-old son, parents around the world scoff and are quick to brand her a â€œbad mother.â€
What kind of mother would refuse any health treatment if her childâ€™s life was at stake? What kind of mother wouldnâ€™t jump in an instant to get her child medical treatment just because of her religious beliefs?
Iâ€™m not saying I would do the same as this Jehovahâ€™s Witness mom, but I understand. I understand what itâ€™s like to be immersed in a church culture with a staunch set of beliefs. I understand what itâ€™s like to believe that living in faith and holding out until the last minute is the only way to make God come through.