Dealing With Suicide

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT2)
38  And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Suicide is a major epidemic in America. Persons under 25 accounted for 15% of all suicides in 2000. (From the 1950’s to the late 70’s the suicide rate increased by 200%, and has remained steady since.)  Psychological autopsy studies show that more than 90% of completed suicides had one or more mental disorders.  More people die from suicide than from homicide. (In 2000 1.7 times more).  In 1999 white males accounted for 72% of all suicides. (And 84% of those over 65 in 2000) Males are more than four times more likely to die from suicide. But females attempt suicide more. (Why? Women use less lethal means.)  Most attempts are from women in their 20’s and 30’s.  Suicide rates are highest among the divorced, separated, and widowed and lowest among the married.  Suicide is also high among homosexuals and bisexuals. (One Study 30% attempted, ½ of that multiple attempts). We must begin to address this issue in the Church. We cannot continue to ignore it and hope it goes away.  Furthermore, we must proclaim that there is hope and peace in Christ.  As Paul wrote in Romans 15:4, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”

In Christ,

Pastor Mark



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