When Someone Loses The War Against Mental Illness…
Before he took his own life he posted a series of tweets…including this one.
It seems to me that Wilson fought the war against his own brain right to the end, with great nobility…trying to encourage others as he himself was losing the battle.
What must be noted here are the responses to his tweet.
I just copied two because they represent the responses inside the church to mental illness.
The first one is the deadly one…if you only believe enough, Jesus will make everything good.
Reality speaks the truth to that lie.
Faith doesn’t always fix things, prayers aren’t always answered, and the mystery here is thick enough to suffocate you.
The second response was true, but offered no answers to what we can do.
There was another response that I will not copy…that of the holy consigning the victim of this disease to hell.
If you believe that God would eternally punish someone for losing their fight against a disease, your God is too cruel for me to worship.
The terrifying thing to me about Wilson’s death is that he was aware of his problems, was actively engaged in fighting his sickness, and had what appears to be a strong support system around him.
He did all he could do and still lost the battle.
Suicide is an epidemic in this country and we have to find better ways to address it inside the church and out, along with the root cause, mental illness.
Addressing it starts with acknowledging reality…there are some things you just can’t pray away.
We send our prayers and condolences to Wilson’s family and the legion of friends that are grieving his loss today.