Depression and all the misunderstandings that come with it is pervasive in society. Depression is also widespread among Christians today. The stigma attached to depression and mental illness is unwarranted, unreasonable and unfair.
I believe society has an unfair viewpoint of depression. I also believe the church is just as skewed in its view of depression. I read an article today titled 5 Things Christians Should Know about Depression and Anxiety. I thought the article was very informative. However like other articles I’ve read on the subject, I found it side-stepped the spiritual aspect of the issue of depression.
God is the Source of all Healing
Our bodies were made to heal themselves. It’s amazing to me that there are Christians who believe that God is no longer in the healing business when He gave us bodies that have healing capabilities built right into them. But that’s another subject all together.
We must never lose sight of the fact that God through Jesus Christ is the source of all healing for physical issues as well as mental issues.
If I suffered a broken leg and for whatever reason I refused medical attention, my body would begin the healing process on its own. Of course if the bones aren’t set properly, the healing will take place abnormally which may cause other problems, but none the less, the body would begin to heal and repair itself on it’s own. The same thing happens when we scrape or cut our skin.
Even though the healing process begins on its own in our bodies, God is behind the process. Even if doctors intervene in the healing process, the knowledge, wisdom, and skills of the doctor are all God given. So the bottom line is that in whatever aspect healing is attained, God is the originator or source behind the healing and restoration process.
God Heals and Restores those who suffer from Depression
The same is true for depression and other mental illnesses. God is the root source of healing of all mental illness including depression. Articles like the one mentioned above seem to downplay the involvement of God in mental illness. Some almost make it taboo for us to attach a spiritual side to the healing aspect of mental illness.
I think it’s great that medical science has come up with ways to chemically treat depression and other mental illnesses. I think it’s wonderful that we have facilities and doctors to care for those suffering from depression.
But I also think that we miss it when we try to downplay both the root source of depression (our enemy, Satan) and the root provider of all healing (God).
I understand that it may not be popular to over spiritualize issues related to depression and mental illness. However, once we lose sight of the root cause of the problem, we spend the majority of our time fighting the symptoms of the problem instead of the cause of the problem.
Making Room for the Spiritual and the Physical
As stated above, God has given us marvelous resources when it comes to mental and physical illness. However, if we’re not careful in our non-reliance on God as the source of healing in both physical and mental illness, we may find that we have etched God out of the healing equation, only giving Him a cursory mention now and then simply to give the appearance that we are spiritual.
We must never lose sight of the fact that God through Jesus Christ is the source of all healing for physical issues as well as mental issues. Returning to the first cause and secondly, utilizing all the natural and physical resources He has given us provides us with a 2 phase attack against our enemy that will go far toward battling and overcoming the issues that we face regarding depression.