Self-righteousness has probably been in existence as long as sin has. We see in the garden Adam casting blame on Eve that she enticed him to eat the fruit and trying to place the blame on her while feeling morally superior to her because she ate the fruit first. He wanted God to disregard that he was designed to be the leader and failed miserably in that role. It’s easier to point fingers and draw attention to someone else’s sin than it is to admit our own failings.
We haven’t changed a whole lot since that time. In the church we point out other’s sins, especially if it’s something we don’t struggle with. We feel superior if we don’t struggle with something that someone else struggles with. We make excuses for our sin and the reason we struggle with what we do. Most of the time we just put on a mask and act like we’re not struggling with anything.
When it comes to issues like depression, we can be quick to judge someone and feel superior because we haven’t struggled with that, or maybe just because we’ve been having victory in our lives in that area for a season.
If we truly loved others and understood the love of Christ, we would be compassionate and work to empathize and love those that are battling depression. We wouldn’t attempt to justify their struggle with a lack of spiritual disciplines or faith, but walk shoulder to shoulder with them through the valley and help them out of the valley.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 (ESV)