When I was sixteen years old, I struggled with depression. However, when I accepted the Lord at age eighteen, that depression was lifted from me. Although that was my reality (and one of which I am grateful for) it is not the reality for everyone. This is especially difficult for the believer. There seems to be a general stigma with church attenders and those struggling with mental illness. Because the church feels ill-equipped to deal with this growing epidemic, attenders often throw around clichés and platitudes like “just believe and pray more and things will get better” or “if you just increase your faith, God will remove it for you.” Yet these attitudes make us look more like the friends of Job rather than followers of Christ. I put this question out to friends on social media, and these are some of their responses when asked what makes church hard for you when you are struggling with depression.
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