“Suicide happens after your stupid enough to read ‘The Purpose Driven Life.”
“Poor Matthew denies God’s love with suicide.”
“God is judging Rick Warren for being a false prophet.”
Matthew Warren’s tragic suicide has triggered a variety of vitriolic responses from those who don’t know Christ. Among these hate-mongers are professing Christians. Their comments underline the stark contrast between those who adhere to religious Christianity and those who actually follow Jesus.
I haven’t listened to Rick Warren preach, nor have I read The Purpose Driven Life. I only know that a brother in Christ has suffered the loss of his son. The last thing he and his family need to deal with is venomous remarks launched from withered souls who relate to an angry god.
While wondering how people could be so cruel and insensitive, I am convicted by the realization that I have more compassion for those who don’t know Christ than those who profess to and act otherwise, or misrepresent Christ in any way. So I don’t write these words in the false assumption that I have it together in this area. I need a lot more compassion for the folks I’m addressing here. But it’s astounding to me that people who claim to know Christ often behave in ways that many “unbelievers” would not.
I have friends who espouse new age philosophy, ancient wisdom and Wicca, and others who practice no religion. They respond to tragedies like this with compassion. How is it that some professing Christians are so mean spirited? Jesus said that his followers would be known by their love for one another.
A Pole conducted by the Barna Group asking young people 16-29 years old what they think of Christians reveals that a majority of young adults see them as hypocritical and noted for what they stand against. What do they stand for? Certainly not for one another if the ‘other’ is in a different ‘camp.’ Those whose religion hinges on pet doctrines or philosophical dogma have empathy only with others who believe the way they do about things that are peripheral to what really matters.
People who make comments like the ones mentioned at the beginning of this blog must put aside the self righteous cloak that covers their insecurity and ask themselves what spirit moves them. Fortunately for them, God won’t judge them according to the standards of the vengeful god they worship. God loves them and is longing for them to know him. He’s ready to teach them the way of love if they’re willing to give him the slightest opportunity.