With the recent loss of Pastor Rick Warren’s son Matthew to suicide many have asked how Christians should view this tragedy. Pastors and other Christians often struggle with how to handle suicide and the mental illness that leads to it. Far too often we either stigmatize mental illness or ignore it altogether in the church.
This high profile tragedy has brought the issue to the fore and prompted some very helpful articles for those who may have questions. Here is a list of several that I have found helpful
- Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research, wrote this helpful article on CNN’s Belief Blog entitled, “How Churches Can Respond to Mental Illness.”
- Also from Stetzer, “Mental Illness and the Church: Some Helpful Honesty from Church Leaders You May Know.”
- From David Murray, “Seven Questions About Suicide and Christians.”
- Finally, Sam Storms addresses the question, “Is Suicide the Unpardonable Sin?