Depression can have many sources. It can arise from an abusive family member. It can stem from hurtful comments about your gender. It can come from the shame heaped upon you by a workplace bully.
But one source of depression that no one ever talks about is church. That’s right—your place of worship might be making you depressed.
Because the house of God is filled with fallible people—people who are capable of abusing, hurting, and shaming one another. Those same people who do these things within their families, workplaces, and communities, bring their flaws to church with them.
But one thing makes the church an especially insidious source of depression is that it’s nearly impossible to detect as a source of pain. Abuse can wear many masks, some of them quite pious or innocent, and when this abuse is mixed with theology, you may even begin to think that your mistreatment is a punishment from God, Himself.
It’s not. That’s not how God works, and it’s not the way His church should work—if your church is hurting you, it’s time to go. So to help you figure out if it’s time to move on, let’s look at 7 ways your church might be making you depressed.