When it became known that he died by suicide I braced for the reaction from the Christian community.
It didn’t take long to get one.
The majority of folks just mourned the loss of a broken joy bearer…but there always has to be a loud voice utterly devoid of empathy and compassion wielding a granite Bible.
Matt Walsh chose to be that voice this time, stuffing cold ashes in the mouths of the bereaved.
I won’t link to the article…it was timed and written to receive as many clicks as possible and he’s already reaped his reward.
Walsh made some good points…he railed against romanticizing taking your own life and he spoke to the damage done to those left behind.
Those words were true and worth speaking…after the shock and sadness had dissipated a bit.
Where he erred…where he sinned grievously in my opinion against those who have either lost loved ones or live daily with those who are mentally ill or are mentally ill themselves… was in two areas.
He noted that suicide is a choice…and technically he’s right.
What he fails to understand that that if your brain is sick, the ability to make good, informed, rational, choices can be severely impaired…impaired to the degree that your choices are not really choices at all.
The second place he erred was his statement that what the mentally ill really need is joy.
They do…but the reality is that for some with a brain that isn’t functioning properly, joy evades them like jogging evades a paralytic.
They would love to embrace it,but they can’t even grasp it.
To hold them responsible for this is like demanding that a blind person describe color.
There are some things that unless you experience them yourself or live with someone who does, you shouldn’t comment on…you should simply offer all the love and empathy that Christ provides.
Unfortunately, love is poor click bait and empathy must make you look like a liberal…
None of this matters unless the members of Mars Hill church find another place to worship.
If they continue to attend and support the narcissist, in three years he’ll be back on the circuit describing how he survived the worst the devil could throw at him…
We wrote about J.D. Hall before we left…and Hall has come to a place of repentance for his actions.
The Wartburg Watch did an excellent job of both calling him out and then reporting on his confession and repentance.
Well done…and case closed.
I’m back, I’m fine, and I’m off to deal with Miss Kitty’s abandonment issues…