As some of you may have heard, Pastor Rick Warren, author of the best-selling A Purpose Driven Life and founder and senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., has suffered the terrible loss of his son, Matthew Warren (age 27) to suicide.
Matthew had battled severe emotional issues and mental illness all of his life.
As I’m sure all of has experienced at one time or another, the so-called “Christians” have cast their judgement and verdict on a situation they have no idea about, very viciously. I’m reminded of what Jesus called the judgmental, self-righteous of his time (the Pharisees), “A brood of vipers” (Matthew 23:33).
I want to share a post written by Frank Viola on the issue. In this post, he mentions some of the comments on different Christian websites about the tragedy. If you are like me, it will make you sick. I’ve never seen such public cruelty directed at a brother in Christ in my life. I am deeply saddened, yet not surprised (unfortunately). Frank shares a few words on the ugliness of these comments and puts his heart out to Rick Warren and family.
The comments on this post are beautiful. Some may make you weep. So also take a minute to read through those as well.
You can read the post by clicking HERE. Please share his post with family and friends, and maybe, just maybe some will see that judgmentalism and self-righteous religiosity is nasty. This is NOT the heart of Christ!
Feel free to comment either here or at Frank’s blog and share some words with Rick. Any remarks to Rick (granted they are not vicious) will be shared with him by email and/or Twitter.
May we all learn a lesson from this tragedy.
You can copy and past the link into your browser here: http://frankviola.org/2013/04/08/rickwarrentragedy/