Bourdain was a celebrity that I actually found to be interesting, a coarse, intelligent, iconoclast who offered something worth thinking about while also providing entertainment.
His friends do not know why he chose to end his life at this time.
He (obviously) suffered from depression.
As is always the case in these tragedies, some Christians see an opportunity to preach.
“If he’d only known Jesus…”
“The suicide epidemic is because we’ve fled from God…”
On and on.
There is some truth in these cliches.
There’s also a big lie hidden in them.
That lie, that damnable, destructive, lie… is that Christians are somehow immune to clinical depression.
Christians suffer from depression too.
Christians are at risk of losing the struggle and dying by suicide .
We’re no more immune from mental illness than we are from cancer or diabetes.
It’s nothing to be ashamed of, nor should it be suffered in secret.
You are no less “Christian”, no less beloved by God because you carry this affliction.
To be honest, I’m struggling with it myself.
My friends are making sure I get through it.
I’m doing what I need to do medically.
God is with me, though sometimes it seems He seems cloaked in silence and shade.
For me, this too shall pass.
For others it won’t.
My friend Christine Scheller lost her son to suicide and this is what she said this morning:
“Listen, I get tweeting out the #suicideprevention hotline # but please check on your loved ones. Ask specific questions if you are concerned: “Are you thinking about killing yourself? Do you need help?” Make these OK questions in your family and circle of friends.”
Suicide prevention begins with you and I recovering the true meaning of being friends and family.
Ask, then act accordingly.
The Suicide Prevention Hotline # is 1-800-273-8255
Make your own application…