You have asked:
“What should I do if a parent of one of my church friends has anger management problems that are fuelling my friend’s depression and feelings of self-loathing? Is this a problem that I should bring to an elder or pastor of my congregation or is this a family issue I should stay out of?”
- First of all, don’t underestimate the value of your friendship with him. He needs Christian friends to encourage him in the way of the Lord! (Acts 4:36) Be such a friend to him! Pray for him!
- Second, encourage him to speak to his pastor and/or elder about his struggles also in regards to his home life. They may be able to get involved in the situation in his home in an effective pastoral way.
- Third, get him a copy of Dr. Murray’s book on depression which is titled: “Christians Get Depressed Too.” This is a very practical resource that will help him in his situation.