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Help- March 13th, 2010
May 4, 2010

Dear Sam,

How many times do I have to ask why I, as a good Christian, continue to be depressed even though I know that God has secured me and that he is sufficient for me.  I believe this with all my heart, and I work at getting my eyes off myself by helping others. But the truth is, all this does not help. I know God is not wrong, so it must be me. And so I get depressed again.


Help


Dear Helpless,

   You sound hopeless, too. Yes, you are a good Christian. God does love you and he is working to heal you. I do notice that the extent of your involvement with other people seems to be that of helping them. As good as this sounds, it is only half of the picture. God has secured for us a community of faith where we can receive help as well as give it. Christ is sufficient for you only as you allow him to speak to you through his Body, and that means other people relating intimately with you. Depressed and intimate are often opposites because it is the very lack of deep connectedness that causes and maintains depression. It could be that the idea of God helping you is attractive because you hope that if you have him, you won’t need other people. But it’s actually the other way around: the only way we can know him is to encounter him in community. Why else would Christ be present in the body of believers?
    Being around people is not the same as interacting intimately with them. This is what you need to accomplish because it is the thing you cannot do. Undoubtedly you have been injured, betrayed, terrified by previous relationships. God is not going to let you get away with glossing over those realities or substituting them with a false belief that you only need God and not other people. As Truth, God is revealing to you the core spiritual issue of your depression, and he has secured for you the ability to own up to it (confession), turn away from the self-protective ways you use to isolate yourself (repentance), the willingness to let go of fear and resentment (forgiveness), and then the courage to step into the life of the living (strength in Christ).
    Spirituality is about doing the hard work of cooperating with God as he sets before us people and situations that require our response. Don’t use prayer, bible study, religious activity as a means of avoiding the real issues of relationship with the human beings God has put into your life. I hope you have used the skills of your physician who can do a thorough study of your physical needs, as well as a counsellor who understands the dynamics involved and will encourage you to fight for the life-in-community that God has secured for you.


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