Megachurch Pastor J.D. Greear has criticized the positivity-only way some churches handle depressed Christians, explaining that believers need to know God is with them through their pain.
“Sometimes, I think we can be too quick with our answers in church: ‘Are you feeling sad? Life got you down? Well, that can’t be from God! Just pop on some K-love, ’cause everything in the Christian life should be positive and encouraging all the time,'” Greear wrote on his website Monday.
“But when you are experiencing depression, you don’t need a quick encouragement. You need a God who walks through pain with you,” he added.
Greear, who’s the pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, referred to biblical figures that have faced much suffering and depression, such as the prophet Jeremiah in Lamentations 3:1–8.
He suggested that some Christians can relate to the feeling of having “no light, no hope.”
“Maybe you’ve also felt like God is not listening — or, even more, you wonder, ‘God, are you behind this terrible circumstance? At the very least, you’re not doing anything to stop it,'” he wrote.
He added that while people do like positive Scripture content, such as “still waters and cups running over and lions lying down with lambs,” but there is a reason why God put the book of Lamentations in the Bible, despite its depressing nature.
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Source: Christian Post