I am an absolute lover and pro-claimer of truth, but it is not often I write or even speak about such matters of truth.
I always write and speak to lift people up, because that’s what the truth is designed to do. Truth also brings correction and in this writing I am bringing some correction.
We all remember those wristbands stating WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). I have something to say about that, but maybe in another writing. But, in this case there is no question, we know what Jesus would do concerning the tragic and sad loss of Rick Warren’s son Matthew, as he committed suicide just the other day.
Jesus would never condemn Rick Warren, his family or Saddleback Church for that matter. You can say what you want about Rick’s theology, his writings or the way he walks with Jesus, but what is disturbing is the way some people in the “church” are responding to Rick’s family, Saddleback Church and, in particular, Rick Warren.
A shocking number are taking the moment of media attention to lash out at Rick Warren with their digital voices. The attacks are aimed at him personally and at his Christian message. Here are some quotes coming from the mouths of believers:
“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.”
“Poor Matthew denies God’s Love with suicide.”
The vomit of these comments should sicken each follower of Jesus. Jesus Himself said: “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. (John 17:22) There is NO ONENESS in these voices. I am so glad Jesus will get what He asks for. He asked His Father to make us one, not the same, but one!
JESUS ALWAYS SHOWS COMPASSION
Jesus’ compassion, care and comfort are what He is delivering to the Warren family. How could He do anything less? Jesus never offers an ounce of shame or disdain toward anyone, much less anyone who has just lost a family member.
It is time for us to care about what Jesus cares about, and by the way – He still cares about Matthew. God has always had His eye on Rick’s son even before he was in his mother’s womb. The Holy Spirit has always cared about Matthew and is thrilled that He is with Him in eternity.
Matthew was created to be a dwelling place for God so the kingdom of heaven could be brought to the earth through Matthew. Of course there is loss for the Warren family, but the significant loss is that God no longer has a created being on the earth conquering the devil and bringing the light of heaven to a dark world.
The darkness of this world temporarily got the better of Matthew, but the light of Matthew will never be extinguished. So now, Matthew is praying from the beauty realm of heaven with all the other saints that have gone before us. He stands with saints such as Paul, Esther, Moses, Isaiah, my Father-In-Law, my Sister-In-Law, my Grandmother and the scores of saints who are in the very presence of God.
What we all need to remember through this earthly loss is, there is no loss in the kingdom of God. God is victorious and so is every believer who knows, follows and calls Jesus his or her friend!
So Rick, to you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. But remember, there are those on this earth and in heaven who are praying for you and praying that God would be glorified through your loss. And may He deliver comfort, peace and strength to you, your family and Saddleback Church.
Ken & Becky Winton
Co-Followers of Jesus