On the heels of Jr. Seau’s memorial service, Don Cornelius’ death and other high profile suicides it is becoming increaasingly clear that there has to be a greater dialogue concerning suicide in Fort Worth and the nation. The suicide rate in the LGBT community is alarming. The suicide rate among LGBT youth is staggering. This article will serve as a puzzle piece used to put together some deterrents and offer hope to those considering suicide. God has gifted creation with life and suicide robs it of ever enjoying the fullness this life can bring. Even in the worst of times, His principles indicate that there will be better times,all in season and according to His plan for us.
The birds and the bees,personal Finance…”What are you gonna do with your life?” “Have you accepted Christ?” These are all pertinent questions/conversations the church regularly ask. Yet even still today, there are many a conversation too taboo to even be brought up. When was the last time anyone discussed Judas in a Sunday School lesson? Most people finger Judas as the one who ‘sold Jesus out’. With a little bible research, it will become clear that Christ’s death was set and Judas merely played a part in it. In fact Judas’ death was also foretold as was the name of the field of blood where his body landed after jumping to his death.
If you turn your attention to one of God’s greatest warriors, Samson you’ll note that he too committed suicide. It has never been labeled as such but truth is that’s what it was. In the book of Judges 16 we see that Samson,(a blinded and bound shell of his former self physically and spiritually) asked God to restore his strength.In this one final act to destroy the Philistines and die with them,more of them died than he’d previously fought and killed. Why would he want to die with them and why would God allow it?
Why does God allow suffering? Why does God not stop those making the choice to end their lives? Why does hopelessness persist? These are all questions families and friends want answers to once their loved one has taken their life. And in most cases, these questions remain unanswered. A deeper cause of pain and hurt is the reality that though a person was in need of help, they didn’t ask for it. Hiding behind a smile or “I’m ok”, most are unaware of the personal suffering their loved ones may be experiencing.
This examiner wants to take a second and remind readers of one thing…Jesus cares. Far too often prayer is discarded as pointless, time consuming and invalid.Strikingly some pass on prayer and insist that they can handle their situations in their own strength. While many resort to prayer only in times of trouble disturbingly, many others simply don’t!
Many don’t know how to pray. many don’t understand what prayer actually is(conversation with God). Some simply feel like God won’t hear them anyway and the best option is to simply end it all. This is the furthest thing from the truth! Little is known about the trials of the suicide victims outside of a final suicide note and in many cases their emotions remain hidden until their very last breath.
In the passage below Paul(presumably the writer) tells us that Jesus knows about everything we may experience here on earth. In fact, the writer says that because Jesus knows this already we can come to him boldly. We don’t need fancy words or even the right phrasing.There’s no request or situation that will seem odd to Him, especially not when the taking of one’s life depends on it. Jesus was tempted with a suicide in the wilderness in Matthew 4:5-7. Jesus countered Satan with the word simply prefacing his retorts “as it is written”. A healthy dose of a biblically based lifestyle and perpetual prayer will aid in keeping the minds and hearts of people everywhere from becoming faint.
Suicide is viewed as a viable option for overly concussed athletes,soldiers struggling with PTSD, shell shock,bullying(gay,cyber,academic). Even the terminally ill look to suicide as a way to end their suffering once they’ve determined that God’s will is to not heal them. All of these situations seem traumatic but as Fort Worth Pastor Dr. J.B. Horton has said: “prayer is where burdens change shoulders!” It is in the act of praying that that a new level of vulnerability is achieved. Those praying can come to God and confess their vulnerabilities,shortcomings,and plead for His help. Even ask(as in the Lord’s prayer) for deliverance from the temptation to take their life.
Take it to the Lord in prayer
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:15,16
The church is not immune to the ills of suicide. Many in the church have opted for the gruesome way out of this world. Even clergy have succumbed to this daring demise. If this article does nothing else, it will provide readers with an extra moment to “think about it”. It will cause you to ask yourself another round of questions hopefully netting better,positive results and not loss of life. As the nation mourns its beloved celebrities, there are scores of thousands each month leaving behind loved ones who wish that for a moment,they were here to “talk it over”. This article(and many like it) begins the suicide conversation.
What a friend we have in Jesus
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