Dear Ray Comfort and David Barton: Depression is Not a Culture War Battle by Warren Throckmorton
What I appreciate about Throckmorton’s take on this is that he plainly puts it out there that Comfort (while perhaps well-intentioned) is making depression and suicide evangelization tools. That was something I noticed too in Comfort’s presentation of the topic on TBN’s “Praise” program but didn’t think to mention it.
Comfort seems to be using depression and suicide as apologetic tools by which to convince Non-Christians, including atheists, to accept Jesus as Savior.
One problem of this, as I noted in Part 1 and Part 2, is that as someone who was a Christian for many years, and who used to have clinical depression for over two decades (along with suicidal ideation and anxiety) is that being a Christian did not deliver me from the depression (or anxiety or thoughts of suicide).
by Warren Throckmorton
During his April 21 Wallbuilders Live broadcast, David Barton had Ray Comfort on to discuss his new movie about suicide, Exit. I intend to watch and review the movie but for now I want to advise readers to be wary.
For the most part, the advice given during this episode about depression and suicide is not helpful and in fact for some could be counterproductive.
….Suicide is Not a Cultural War Issue
Good intentions or not, there is a troubling thread here which continues throughout the program. The hosts and the guest treats suicide like it is a culture war battle — Christians on one side and non-Christians on the other.
The problem with this should be obvious.
One does not need to be a Christian to oppose suicide. People of all religions and none view suicide as a tragedy.
On this page, Throckmorton types up a partial transcript of this radio program, where Barton is talking to Comfort. Here is part of what Barton says:
…[quoting Barton]: What’s interesting is the culture also promotes things that increase depression. For example, when you look at studies on abortion, women who have had an abortion have depression rates three to five times higher than everybody else.
As I noted in one of my posts on this very topic, teachings within Christianity (such as gender complementarianism and a Christian belief or teaching that it’s selfish for a Christian to get her own needs met) fed into my depression for years.
Part of my escape from most of my depression and a lot of anxiety is that I had to un-learn concepts and views that Christians had taught me for years, that they said were “biblical” (but which were not biblical or healthy).
Here is another excerpt from the Throckmorton page:
..Portraying the causes of depression as being about believing the right Christian things [as Barton and Comfort do] is unhelpful and may drive some people away from getting the help they need.
…After acknowledging that religious people get depressed, he [Comfort] seems to say depression will be lifted if you just belief [believe] the right things. Again, I will wait to see, but if there is nothing in the film about getting treatment with a message that depression can be managed by competent medical care, then it will be of little value.
Please click here to read the rest of Throckmorton’s page about this.
Throckmorton says he plans on doing at least one more post about Comfort’s “Exit” movie in the future (after he watches it), and he has this other post on his site right now you may want to read:
(also mentions Comfort’s “Exit” movie)
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