What would you do Wednesday!
Friends and fellow church members are contemplating putting their kid on ADHD medicine. Your pastor is very outspoken against any type of ADHD medication.
In fact, the pastor has made it clear that any church member who believes their kids need ADHD medication are simply not doing their jobs as parents. Those parents lack a biblical model of discipline in the home. He has asked that any parent considering such mediation seek biblical counsel by talking to him first.
Your friends explain that they decided to have their kid tested by a psychiatrist in stead of their regular family doctor. They have actually already done so and the psychiatrist has diagnosed the child with ADHD and is ready to write a prescription upon the parents’ consent.
The parents were sent home with sample medication that definitely seemed to work. The parents are now about 90% persuaded to go forward with the medication. However, they confided in you, a friend, to get your thoughts on their decision.
While your friends would love to go to the pastor, they feel he is too one-sided against ADHD medication to give them fair counsel.
What would you do?
- Explain that you agree/disagree, but you’re not really qualified to advise them.
- Encourage them to seek pastoral advice.
- Set-up and “intervention” with a surprise meeting with the pastor.
- Warn them that it is your duty to tell the pastor.
- Explain that giving their child the medicine will confirm that they are the worst parents ever.