Is It Okay For Christians to Seek Counseling?

Anonymous asked:

Is it okay to seek help from Christian therapists to get through depression and anxiety? I used to think I could “do it on my own,” but my sister helped me realize that I really can’t, even if I’m trying to find healing through God. There’s a scripture, talking about David’s downfall. my sister was talking about how David sinned because by counting his army, he was seeing how powerful he was. That was a sin, because it was God who was powerful, not David. She told me trying to get through depression by myself is like that. So is it okay to seek counseling?

I answered:

It is okay to seek counseling. It is okay go to therapy. It is okay to get and take medicine prescribed for you. Not only is it okay, if you need it than it is the smart thing to do. 

Your sister has a good read on the situation. Pride is definitely something that leads us to not ask for help. That is alluded to in David’s story, and throughout the Bible, like when God instructed Gideon to decrease the size of his army so that he would not be fooled into thinking it was his own strength that lead to victory.

When you think about that prideful mindset it makes absolutely no sense. “I should just naturally know how to fix this huge problem that people go to post graduate school to learn how to treat.” Why? Why should you have an inherent knowledge of how to fix that? That is prideful insanity gets people trapped in all kinds of nonsense because they refuse to ask someone who knows more than them, because they refuse to admit that someone knows more than them.

Humility is a godly virtue. Proverbs 11:2 says “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” We absolutely need wisdom to walk with the Lord. We get wisdom from the scripture. We get wisdom from God directly through prayer. We also get wisdom from the people in our lives. There is nothing wrong or weak about seeking out that wisdom, quite the opposite.

If you were coughing up blood, you would go see someone with expertise (wisdom) about your internal organs. Something in your brain is not working the way you know it should, so you go find someone with expertise in the field. There is no shame in that, no guilt in that, and anyone who wants you to think there is is putting their own issues on you instead of looking out for your best interests.

Admitting that you need help is the only way to get help. 2 Corinthians 12:10 says “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” There is nothing wrong with admitting you can’t do it without help, and certainly nothing wrong with going to professionals for that help.

 

-Matt from The Bridge

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