Medical breakthroughs are shared in professional journals, in the media, and even presented at seminars. We can all agree it would be highly unethical to keep proven and effective treatments a secret. Unfortunately, this is exactly what we’re doing as Christians. Consider, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 6.7% of our population has dealt with Major Depressive Disorder in the last year. Christians have one of the most potent treatments available for depression and we withhold it from many.
In Psalm 143:3-4, we see one of the many battles David fought against depression. “For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore, my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.” This fight against the darkness of depression is the same many of our brothers and sisters fight each day. However, David knew an answer to this spiritual darkness. In Psalm 43:3, David prays, “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me…” After being delivered from Saul, a situation which drove him to pen many of his darkest Psalms, David tells us what that light is, writing, “You are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness.” (2 Samuel 22:29)
In Isaiah 42:6-7, when prophesying the coming of the Lord’s chosen servant, Jesus is described as, “a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” Jesus says of himself, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) The Son of God is the Light and Truth; He is the solution for so much depression in our world. Why keep Him a secret? If we have Jesus, we have undeniable hope! The Apostle Peter said, “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter 3:15)
We have this powerful treatment for emotional darkness – is it right to withhold it from friends, family, co-workers, or even the person we’ll only encounter once? The Apostle Paul says our enemy, the devil, “has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) How is this treatment of Light administered? Prepare the patient for treatment with a thoughtful phone call, a note or text message, or a caring conversation. Then, shine the light of Jesus into any darkness they may be battling. The Spirit of God will do the rest.