Two labels common in Christian lingo are MK and PK. MK is for Missionary Kid and PK is a Pastor’s Kid. Both are often used so as to solicit sympathy. I recall hearing about a pastor’s kid who, after speaking to a secular counselor was told, “So your father is a pastor. Gosh, that must be the worst!” When I first heard that story I thought to myself “Maybe, though perhaps a murderer or child molester could edge him out.”
Christianity and psychiatry have always made strange bedfellows. How does a Christian honestly respond to a secular psychiatrist when asked, “Do you speak to, or hear from, God?” in a way that does not result in a prescription?
Mrs. Frank L. Jones lived in Darien, Connecticut and was a penpal of both C. S. Lewis and his brother Warnie. After C. S. Lewis died in 1963 she continued corresponding with Warnie until his death in 1973.
In a letter dated February 23, 1942, C. S. Lewis was responding to some theological questions Mrs. Jones had posed to him concerning the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Following his five points and signature he added this short paragraph evidently responding to a personal concern expressed by Mrs. Jones:
“Keep clear of psychiatrists unless you know that they are also Christians. Otherwise they start with the assumption that your religion is an illusion and try to ‘cure’ it: and this assumption they make not as professional psychologists but as amateur philosophers. Often they have never given the question any serious thought.”1
Just a word to the wise from the wise.
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” – Psalm 14:1.
1. Walter Hooper, ed., The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis: Books, Broadcasts, and the War 1931-1949, Vol. II (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004), 765