Christians struggle with depression–including the bleakest, blackest clinical depression–like everyone else. On Emily Scrivener’s blog A New Name–Emily has written about her own struggle with anorexia–a guest writer, Glen, posts about evangelicals’ bouts with depression. He writes about what helps and what hinders in the evangelical tradition.
Just because he cites as problems things Lutherans don’t do and recommends things that Lutherans already have, let’s not us Lutherans discuss this in a triumphalistic or evangelical-bashing way. Clearly, Lutherans too often battle with depression. (Certainly, Luther himself did!)
There is a sense in which depression is tied up with psychological and physical factors that ought not be confused with one’s spiritual state. (Doing so is often part of the problem.) But what spiritual resources and truths can help a person through this? (Comments from depression-sufferers are especially welcome.) [Read more...]