The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


My brother's keeper

It costs to care for the mentally ill. Do we care?

Some day my brother will be our sole responsibility — unless the safety net for the mentally ill is mended. I wouldn't trade my baby brother for anybody. I would trade in a political system that punishes the mentally ill and politicians who continue to talk about "personal responsibility" without being responsible as a society for those who can't care fully for themselves.

I think often of Jesus' words about "the least of these" because I know them. They are my brother, his friends and other families who have the same needs as ours. I think of Jesus healing the mentally ill — and I wait for a society which will recognize that God intends for us all to be well.

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