If you are interested in learning more about dealing with anxiety, depression, and despair, you can listen to these sermons by Pastor Richard Caldwell:
The Answer for Anxiety
Words to Worriers – Part One
Words to Worriers – Part Two
The Life of Peace – Trusting Prayer
The Wonder of a Believers Life
Christians, Anxiety, Depression and Prescription Medication (Season 4 Episode 34)
This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, the best Christian podcast on the web, we are talking about Christians, Anxiety, Depression and Prescription Medication.
Is it unbiblical for a Christian to take medication for anxiety or depression? Are there circumstances that would necessitate a Christian taking medications for these issues? Will taking medications for anxiety and depression cure the internal struggles many face?
In this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell speaks with host Josh Philpot about the concerns Christians have about taking medications for their struggles with anxiety and depression. Dr. Caldwell says that we should see that medicine is a blessing in a whole host of realms, but the immediate answers cannot be simple “yes’s” or “no’s.” We must not rule out physiological problems that have medical answers; yet, when we are talking about how a person thinks, feels, and decides, it is hard to know where physiological issues begin and end. He asks the question, “How much of these things are fed by our own thinking, our spiritual condition, and/or our emotional condition?” Oftentimes, we can become obsessed with thinking about things that really aren’t that pressing, and we can become consumed with ourselves, making ourselves the center of concern.
How to help someone struggling with anxiety and depression?
Dr. Caldwell further comments that to help someone struggling with these issues, what we want to do is get them to a place where they can hear us as we share the Word of God with them and help them to redirect their focus and thought life. Sometimes, however, people can find themselves in such a dark place that they are unable to reason; in these times, medications can be helpful to help get them out of that extreme darkness so that they can begin to reason clearly. We can then come alongside them and help them manage their thoughts faithfully, consistently, and biblically.
So, is there a place for medication? Dr. Caldwell says, “Yes, but not in a way that this world views it; it is not going to solve all our problems.” He emphatically states that the ultimate answer for all our hearts and minds is the truth of God’s Word. At the end of the day, the only answers for the soul that are final and sure are those found in God’s Word; this is where we want to direct people.
Where should we be focused as we struggle with these issues? How have faithful believers in the past managed these issues? Does the Bible offer encouragement for these kinds of struggles? These questions and more are addressed in this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, as Dr. Richard Caldwell and host Josh Philpot guide us in thinking and reasoning through these difficult questions from a biblical perspective.
Listen to the Audio Podcast
About The Straight Truth Podcast
The Straight Truth Podcast: Christian Opinions in an Increasingly Secular World. Join Dr. Richard Caldwell, Dr. Josh Philpot, and their guests as they discuss news events, current affairs, and cultural issues from a Biblical point of view. Find the truth at www.straighttruth.net
The Straight Truth Podcast is a weekly opinion show hosted by Dr. Richard Caldwell and Dr. Josh Philpot. Straight Truth is available as an audio podcast on iTunes or as a video podcast through YouTube or Vimeo. The duration of the podcast is approximately 10 minutes. We release new episodes every Thursday.
The topics discussed in the Straight Truth Podcast are current events, matters that challenge traditional Christian values, and questions submitted by audience members. Dr. Caldwell, Dr. Philpot, and their guests seek to answer these questions with Biblical truths and from a Christian conservative point of view. The Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God; it alone is and will be the basis and authority of
answering any and all questions.
The Straight Truth Podcast is the perfect podcast for those seeking to strengthen their faith, to be informed on how to broach difficult topics with a Christian point of view, to share their faith with unbelieving friends, to challenge the status quo of their own beliefs by viewing them under the lens of the Scriptures, to interpret current news events from a Biblical point of view, and more.
If you like our podcast we invite you to help us by spreading the word. Make sure you share this podcast with your friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, or other social media avenues. Don’t forget to subscribe to our feed through your favorite podcast player, and subscribe to our YouTube and Vimeo channel.