How to Make Someone Feel Worse

A couple of days ago, I was listening to Premier Christian Radio, and a VERY WELL KNOWN FEMALE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN SPEAKER (not going to name names because I don’t want to be sued!) was teaching on “Understanding and Beating Depression” or something like that.  I was interested to hear what she had to say, seeing as this is one of the fields on my farm (?!), and I thought I could learn something that might enhance my approach.

She spoke from Kings, a passage about David’s dreadful mistakes with Bathsheeba.  Point one: David got into trouble because he didn’t go to war with his people as kings ought to do.  Application- we get depressed when we are lazy. Don’t lie around on the sofa.  Go out and do good works, and you’ll be fine.  Point two: David allowed himself to fall into self-pity.  Self-pity is what depression is all about.  Don’t fall into self-pity!  Point three: David sinned, and then had the consequences to deal with for the rest of his life.  Sin leads to depression.  Don’t sin.

At this point there was steam coming out of my ears, and I had to turn the radio off to prevent my head exploding.  I was deeply saddened and frustrated to hear such an influencial and powerful woman making things worse for depressed Christians.  Maybe it improved after I turned it off- I hope so.