The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a 2011 report showing that 11 percent of Americans aged 12 years and over take antidepressants. That’s 1 in 10 people. That’s 1 in 10 in your workplace, in your family, and yes—even in your church.
The church is a vital component of healing for believers with depression. The Christian church, for many, is the largest source of community and fellowship in their lives, yet, it often misunderstands the nature of depression, and fails to react appropriately to those who suffer from it. Depressed churchgoers may be overlooked, bullied, or ostracized for their illness, even when Christ set the opposite example. Scripture is the greatest road map we have to living a Christian life, and shows us how to react to brokenness. Read on, and find seven things never to say to churchgoers who struggle with depression, and why.