From a Christian viewpoint, it is clear that Christians need to be active in bringing the Gospel in both word and in action to these communities and in putting pressure on policy makers and fund holders for appropriate interventions. The problem is that moral concern seems at present to be invested in groups that are able to protest the loudest, and those declared mentally ill or criminally insane are often the least able to do this, as they do not represent a distinct cultural group.
Governments want to be seen to be taking the moral high ground, and these groups do not appeal to the general public in this way. Rather they rouse the public’s ire. Some Christians, nonetheless, may be called to represent those groups in whom there is no public investment designed to gain votes.
Who will organise the criminally insane or severely personality disordered – when they themselves are not able to do so – but those whose concern is for the most rejected and despised? Surely Jesus is the model for the Christian, who used the despised Samaritan as an example of neighbour, and the crucified thief as one who could find salvation then and there?