The Sunday Sermon
Earlier in the week Rick Warren had been diagnosed with double pneumonia. So he had asked Saddleback pastor Tom Holladay — who is also Matthew’s uncle — to preach a sermon based on a little booklet titled, How to Survive The Worst Day of Your Life. You can find that April 6th sermon at this link.
Yesterday, Rick Warren tweeted:
Someone on the internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun.I pray he seeks God’s forgiveness. I forgive him.
“If you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you don’t…” Matt.6:14-15
The Memorial Service
From the church website:
Since the Warren family is loved by so many, no building in Orange County is large enough to hold an open memorial service. The family decided it was best to have a small, private service for their son.
The Response from the Haters
From the Washington Post:
When Rick Warren gave his address at President Obama’s first inauguration, he made a plea: “When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.” Forgive us, Rick Warren, for not treating you with enough respect. Forgive us for being a nation of too many gratuitous haters when you and your family are suffering profoundly from the suicide of your son, Matthew.
The suicide of Rick Warren’s son, Matthew, to a self-inflicted gunshot wound has created an unpleasant war of words in the blogosphere at a time when Warren, his family and his congregation need comfort. Warren, the head of the Saddleback Church and author of numerous spiritual bestsellers, including “The Purpose-Driven Life,” has been a lightening rod for critics who spurn his evangelism and find his faith shallow.
Matthew’s suicide, however, sparked a different type of nasty. A casual skim of comments to online articles has digressed to anti-gun legislation, homophobia, mental illness and the high-minded claim of hypocrisy. “I can guess correctly that Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life didn’t work on Junior. Or maybe that trying to ram it down his gullet caused him the mental illness.” Does it get any uglier?
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When in pain, pray. When you worry, worship. When in grief, share it in your small group.
“I will sing of your strength in the morning, I sing of your love.for you are my fortress in times of trouble” Psalm 59:16