Back in September, I shared with you that suicides were on the increase and had surpassed automobile accidents as the number one cause of accidental deaths in the US. What I failed to say then is that suicide is not an accidental death. Rather it should be classified as first degree murder because virtually every person who commits or attempts suicide thinks about it and plans it. There is nothing accidental about suicide.
As our society strays further from its Christian values and morals, suicides and other violent crimes have increased. It is a direct result of a society that has no hope for the future. Even when you believe the person that took their own life had everything going for them, something in their lives makes them believe they have nothing to live for any longer.
I know, because I’ve been there. At age 19, I planned and looked forward to my own suicide. When I looked at the world around me, I saw people who worked and struggled their entire lives, then retired and died. I asked myself if that is what I wanted for my life and the answer was no. Fortunately, God had plans for me that I knew nothing about and He intervened in my life and prevented me from ending it. Forty-two years later, I have been involved in four creation ministries, and have had the extreme privilege of leading a number of people to Christ, including some very ardent atheist evolutionists.
Back then I could not see the future or what it had in store, but what I did know was that without God and Jesus Christ, there was no purpose in my life.
That’s what made me wonder what it was that led Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher to kill his girlfriend and then take his own life. It appears that Belcher, who lived with his girlfriend and 3 month old baby, had an argument when Belcher shot his girlfriend several times. He then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where several teammates noticed that he was troubled. Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel went outside to talk to Belcher. At one point in the conversation, Belcher thanked Pioli and Crennel for all they had done for him, then Belcher turned and started to walk away from them when they heard a gunshot and saw Belcher collapse to the ground from a self-inflicted wound.
At this point, no one seems to know why Belcher did what he did. But I am sure of one thing, and that is he didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and if he did, it wasn’t that strong. Jesus gives us a reason to live and a reason to want to live. Since Christ came into my life, I have never had another thought about taking my life because He has given my life purpose.
Additionally, I know that I was made in the image of God and to destroy that image is wrong legally, morally and spiritually. If anyone reading this has been entertaining any thoughts of committing suicide, please, please, please talk to a qualified minister or pastor. Be honest and open with them and ask them how Jesus Christ can help you overcome any problem, no matter how bleak things seem. And remember this verse that has always helped me since that dark time in my life:
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Cor. 10:13