Lately, I was involved in a discussion about whether or not taking anti-depressants is biblical.
Should Christians suffering from major depression or other illness (mental or otherwise) get medical treatment or should they go to the elders of the church to lay hands on them and pray for them? This was the basis for the conversation I was in. It’s not a great question, because it assumes that the two options are opposed to each other.
I think you should do either or both. In 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul tells Timothy to stop drinking water only, but to take some wine also, to help his frequent ailments. Should we be surprised that Paul didn’t tell him to go to the elders of the church or to confess the ongoing sin in his life or that these ailments were the result of the sins of his fathers?
I, for one, am glad for Paul’s practical advice that was probably very beneficial to Timothy, not only for his personal relief, but to better enable him for the service of the Gospel. Was wine a “quick fix” for Timothy? Was it an “easy way out,” or “not addressing the underlying issues?” Maybe we would have said back then that “wine is so overprescribed these days.”
I think that Timothy was able to use wine for medical treatment for the glory of God. And that’s what we should do if we are suffering with major depression and taking anti-depressants.
5 Ways to take prozac for the glory of God:
1) Show kindness to your husband by fulfilling your wifely duties and calling, which you may not have been able to do before.
2) Show kindness to your children by bringing them up in the loving instruction and knowledge of the Lord.
3) Put to death self-righteousness and the delusion that you can do anything apart from God’s mercy.
4) Have more compassion for the suffering, like Christ, who didn’t judge, when he saw the blind man and was asked why he was blind (because of his sins or the sins of his fathers) said, it was neither, but so that the glory of God would be shown.
5) Be a better steward and sharer of the Gospel, now that you have experienced grace upon grace through the death of God’s Son and God’s personal care for you, providing relief of some of your earthly suffering.