That was the title of the paper I wrote last night. One of the topics we had to discuss in the paper was how Christian mental helath professionals should use “sin” language in their work. It is hard for Christian mental health professionals in a very scientific profession to use the word “sin.” As soon as faith or religion enters the picture, professionals are seen as no longer scientific and then possibly seen as no longer professional or valid. It is easy for a Christian mental health professional to talk about sin with their Christian clients, but not all mental health professionals that are Christians only serve fellow Christians. “Sin” helps Christian mental health professionals understand the brokenness of the world. It is possible to have that understanding but not explicitly talk about it to the client. There is no use explaining “sin” to the client if he/she will not understand and especially if that will deter him/her from receiving your help. I think this is the same when talking to other mental health professionals. If talking about “sin” will prevent research or somehow inhibit the good you are doing in the field, then perhaps it should only be somewhat implied, and not openly spoken about.
What do you think? Is this a good conclusion? Should we be more open about “sin?”
We talked about a similar topic in my Education 101 class. We had a school law person come in and we all had questions about how much we can express our faith if we teach in the public school system. I concluded that Christians probably have the least freedom of speech. They want teachers that are passionate, but when you can only say what the government wants you to say, I can’t imagine being very passionate about it. This doesn’t mean I want to stuff the Bible down their throats, but I want to be able to honestly say what I believe or at least be able to present another view.
My two cents.