How do you explain an extraordinarily gifted and successful person who seemingly has it all and ends it all? Suicide confounds us, especially high-profile suicides.
When we hear that a famous chef, a popular designer or entertainer decides life is not worth living, it often leaves us feeling bewildered. By the world’s standards, they were successful. They had notoriety, money and all of the trappings of the “good life,” but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find these high profile suicides are symptomatic of a larger problem.
According to a June article in USA Today, suicides are up 30% since 1999 – totaling nearly 45,000 people per year. In fact, suicides claim more lives than car accidents. First responders seem particularly vulnerable. A recent study indicated more firefighters and police officers die by suicide than all line-of-duty deaths combined. And we’ve all read too many posts relating to suicides attributed to cyber bullying.
Writing from a Roman prison, Paul identified the underlying issue when he reminded the believers in Ephesus of their former condition, “You lived in this world without God and without hope.” (Eph. 2:12, NLT).
In order to see examples of this lifestyle, spend a few minutes on social media or watch any number of popular programs, especially reality TV. You’ll see plenty of examples of what it means to be hollow and hopeless.
People give up when there is no hope.
People die when there is no hope.
Those who are left grieve when there is no hope.
Headlines today often reflect more than actual events. Frequently they describe and define a society living without God and without hope.
Solomon said it best, “A hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Prov. 13:12). And today this sickness has gone viral.
What do you do? What can you do?
For those who claim to be Christ-followers, it’s tempting to throw up our hands and think, “Well, this is what God said it would be like in the last days so – come quickly, Lord Jesus!”
The good news is that God has given us an antidote for the virus. But will we share it?
We don’t need to be reactive people. Instead we need to be a proactive people. Be ready to respond. Be ready to give hope.
Here for You, Louisiana Baptists multi-media evangelism strategy, is a response. A response by you, Louisiana Baptists, to those living without God and without hope.
Instead of sitting around and complaining about the condition of the culture, we are going inside the devices people are using and the programs they are watching with the only thing that provides hope – truth, God’s truth.
As we continue to leverage current communications platforms to seed the truth of God’s word inside every heart and every home, we’re seeding the path to freedom. We’re pointing those without hope to the only God who provides hope.
When is the last time you took a proactive approach? Start now. Take a moment, go to www.HereForYou.org and share truth, share hope with your friends and family via social media.
Whatever happened to hope? Check your newsfeed, check your inbox and stay tuned. Lord willing, we’re taking hope statewide in February 2019.