Matthew Warren committed suicide last week. Matthew is the son of Rick and Kay Warren, who are the leaders of Sadddleback Church in America. Rick’s teaching has been spread very widely through books like “The Purpose Driven Life” and has proved to be both popular and divisive.
Some people have speculated about the nature of Matthew’s mental illness and the ultimate cause for his suicide. There are rumors about his sexual orientation. His father gets blamed for being overly religious. Both parents get blamed for allowing a gun in his home (although he was 27 years old and lived on his own).
How can people be so horrible? Read here a few comments posted on news websites and then see my own comments below. You may be first disgusted and then aggrieved.
These people getting filthy rich from holding themselves up as paragons of familial perfection and godliness should take note. Get your OWN house in order before telling other people what God wants their family to look like!
A lesson here? yeah, keep guns away from the offspring of high profile evangelical freakin’ deacons.
No, Elena, the cruel one is Pastor Rick, whose homophobic beliefs couched in religion provide encouragement and cover for the gay genocide in Africa and around the world. Looks like the gods are angry at his antics. It is called karma.
Warren’s quick oddly thorough statement I’m guessing is because his son WASN’T mentally ill, more probably he was GAY and through lack of acceptance from this lovely and completely hypocritical “pastor”, his son took his life. So much for the solace of finding acceptance in religion.
There is a very simple way to view this death. It is a tragedy for the Warren family. No parents wants a child to commit suicide and it is safe to say that Rick and Kay are grieving right now and will be hurting for some time.
The above comments were not identified as Christian or non-Christian. I hope none of them came from people who identify themselves as Christians. The Christian response in the face of suffering should always be empathy, sympathy and help. That is the point of the parable of the Good Samaritan and is the example of the life of Christ Himself.
May God deliver us from horrible people!