If you browse the ‘Christian’ internet you’ve probably read some of the terrible responses posted by a number of Christians, in response to the suicide of Warren’s son. It didn’t surprise me for even at this tiny blog a few comments, of a similar vein, were left here. Needless to say those never saw the light of day, but were instead automatically deleted. Up until a few years ago I would have been shocked to the core by any type of a response to a tragedy from fellow Christians, other then deep sympathy and a call for prayer, but not today. Because as Jesus foretold, “because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” – (Matthew 24:12).
From Frank Viola’s article, Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians”
Now is a good time to go back and re-read Warning: The World is Watching How We Christians Treat One Another.
Why do so many people not want to have anything to do with Jesus? It’s because of the cruel, harsh, self-righteous, and judgmental attitude that some professing “Christians” level against their fellow believers. “Why would I want to be part of that bunch!?” . . . is the common response by so many non-Christians today.
Yesterday, I got the sad news that Rick Warren’s youngest son committed suicide.
If you are a Christian and your heart doesn’t go out to this brother and his family, something is wrong with you spiritually. I don’t care what you think about Warren’s theology, his books, or how he combs his hair. The fact is, he lost a child. Few things can be more painful and nightmarish in this life.
To add insult to injury, take a look at some of the comments by fellow Christians (professing ones at least) to the news. These are comments that were left on various Christian news websites under the Warren article;
*Train up your children in the way, live a godly example with right priorities, care enough to home-school despite the great sacrifice involved, don’t let them date unchaperoned, have daily family devotions, turn off the 1-eyed idiot, TRULY HAVE A PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE, and your children WILL NOT COMMIT SUICIDE, nor will they be involved in homosexuality, nor fornication. —
*He killed himself, it’s much worse than fornication or homosexuality or Onanism or eating pork. He denied himself a chance to get better. If your kids need a chaperone to date, why do you let them date? They shouldn’t be dating if they are not mature enough to control themselves. –
*Suicide happens soon after your stupid enough to read “The Purpose Driven Life”. –
*Poor Matthew denies God’s Love with suicide. –
*He could not save his own because Mr. Warren does not truly understand how his own heart works, how it is broken and the mechanism by which Jesus laid out the example of how to fix it. Matthew killed himself because he did not understand either. He was a victim of his own ignorance and the ignorance of his family, friends, society and Christians around him — presently!
Sisters and Brothers, we have not so learned Jesus Christ!
There were more comments like these, unfortunately…
I fear for those who made these deplorable remarks. The Scriptures clearly teach that how we treat others is how the Lord will treat us. And if we have the knife out for one of His children, we will eventually end up falling on it ourselves. Paul said you will reap what you sow. That’s written in the heavens. So be very, very careful how you respond to someone else’s tragedy, mistakes, pain, or loss.
Treat others the way you want to be treated in every circumstance – (Luke 6:31). Ergo, how would YOU want to be treated if you lost a child? How we respond to bad things that happen to others (be they tragedies, failures, or pain) is a barometer that reveals how well we know our Lord. In fact, there may be no greater test.
“If Christians cannot extend grace through faithful presence within the body of believers, they will not be able to extend grace to those outside.” ~ James Davison Hunter
Like I said, responses like those above (and believe me, I actually read some much worse) didn’t surprise me in the least. That type of cold reaction is something I’ll never accept from fellow Christians, but regrettably it is something I’ve come to expect.