"You don’t need medicine."
Few words are more destructive than these. Untreated, depression can lead to a downward spiral ending in job loss, isolation, and even death. The fear of modern medicine is often rooted in the belief that we should rely on God, alone, to heal our ailments, but many forget that God works in myriad ways.
God gave man dominion over the natural world, giving us “every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of the earth.” All medicines began as chemicals, isolated from plants and animals, that work to alleviate disease. Over time, through medical research, we can now artificially create those chemicals—but their origin is still wholly natural. God gave us their blueprints. He gave us medicine, and gifted us with minds that can create and improve.
To ignore medicine is to ignore the fullness of God’s gifts to us. Encourage depressed churchgoers, pray with them, and pray for them, but do not fail to seek the help of the best counselors and doctors. We are all complex combinations of body and soul, and both must be treated.