Have you heard of BID disease? That stands for Body Integrity Dysphoria. Only a very small number of people have it, maybe 300 in recorded history.
BID, which strikes mostly men, causes the patient to have an overwhelming sense that a certain limb on his body doesn’t belong. And its effects can be catastrophic.
A mild-mannered man from the Midwest, named Jason, suffered from BID from a young age. He felt that his right hand just didn’t belong with the rest of his body. So one night, Jason went into his garage, turned on his table saw, and sawed off his hand with one quick cut. He survived, but with just one hand.
Unfortunately, the Church has been infected with a form of BID. We tag a member of our body as undesirable – for whatever reason. If you don’t think I’m right on this, stand up in church this Sunday, announce you are a recovering sex addict, then wait to see how long it takes before you feel ostracized.
Your church may be the exception. I pray that it is.
Recovery Step: The Bible declares, “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body” (1 Corinthians 12:12). Every part of the Body matters to God. And every part should matter to us – including the person with a sex addiction. Don’t treat him as if you have BID disease. Don’t cut him off.