What can we learn from the Rick Warren tragedy?

This past Saturday morning the news came out about Rick Warren’s son committing suicide (http://tinyurl.com/cdlbeuz). I was deeply saddened even though my only contact with Pastor Warren has been through his books. As a father I can only imagine the great sorrow he is suffering at this moment. As a pastor I understand the difficulties of trying to align God’s purposes—especially verses like Romans 8:28—with tragic moments in our own lives.

Truth be told, trouble comes to us all. No matter our religious affiliations or beliefs, no matter our socioeconomic status, no matter our race or heritage, we will all have moments of deep tribulation and sorrow. Yes, even men like Rick Warren, who have revolutionized the modern church movement, will suffer from tragedy in their lives. We all walk through the valley of the shadow of death at some point.

What I love is how the community of faith has rallied around him during this time. People of all denominations and creeds have come together to pray for the Warren family during their time of need. Isn’t this what Christianity is truly about?

I struggle a lot with modern Christianity. I’m frustrated that so many people claim to be “Christian” yet lack the common courtesies and grace that Jesus demonstrated on the cross. Instead of working to uplift each other, so many take tragic moments and try to tear people down.

Sometimes, the old phrase seems so true: “No army is better than killing their own wounded than Christians.”

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