Depression: Taboo within the Church

It was announced today that Rick Warren’s son, Matthew, committed suicide because he struggled with severe depression.

Depression might be one of the least talked about issues within the church today.

We might be surprised to know how many of our friends, especially those within the church, are suffering from bouts of depression.

Charles Spurgeon admittedly struggled often with severe depression. Elijah, David and Paul also suffered from it. And I’ll admit that I also have struggled with it myself in the past seven years.

Sometimes it seems that we simply cannot get ahead. After all, we occupy fallen bodies inside a fallen world which produces thorns and thistles despite our constant labor (Genesis 3:18).

Our hope, of course, is that through Christ we will be given a new, resurrected body which is not subject to depression any longer. And we will live in a new, resurrected universe (Revelation 21:1), one in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13), where God will wipe away ever tear (Revelation 21:4).

But until then, let’s not treat the subject of depression as taboo within the church, as it is a very real issue for many people.

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Author: Shawn Nelson

Shawn Nelson is the President of Geeky Christian, a ministry which seeks to use technology to evangelize the lost and provide free material for Christian growth. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from San Diego Christian College and an MDiv from Veritas International University where he is currently a Doctor of Ministry student. He is married with two children. He is also the author of several free books and others on Amazon.

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  1. Great article! Depression is definitely overlooked and even avoided in the church. It seems that mental illness or wounds aren’t taken as seriously as the physical, unfortunately.

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  2. Rick Warren is a Pastor who wrote a book “Purpose Driven Life” right??

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    • Yes.

      And it’s questionable how biblical the book (and his ministry) actually is. Repentance, becoming born-again and hell are but a few elements that seem to be lacking in his teachings.

      This documentary does a thorough job at shining a light on the matter:

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