What needs to happen is that we need an emotionally intelligent Church who is willing to give their feelings over to God. This may seem silly or too simple—but not enough people know how to honestly handle their feelings. When we take our emotions to God—who not only designed the neural pathways by hand, but also has empathized with us in every way imaginable—He will always be able to offer up the best way to deal with them. We are emotional beings—and that’s okay.
There are Christians who believe that the Holy Spirit has stopped working in the earth. There are Christians who believe that lifting your hands in worship is distracting and disrespectful. There are Christians who believe that sometimes God teaches you to deal with your sin instead of delivering you from it. And while I could argue with all of those Christians for hours (and I, to a fault, have done so), there is one detail of this whole “Christianity” thing that we fail to focus on: Do you love the Lord? Do you know Him? Do you want Him? Do you believe that He loves you and wants you as well?
The Church has a unique and wonderful opportunity to reach those struggling with depression. We can love those who feel loveless, show compassion to people who feel like they are a burden, and train each other on how to fight this silent epidemic. Through education, nonjudgmental love, and compassion, the church is posed to be a catalyst of change.