This week, two celebrities ended their lives. In separate instances and at differing times, fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain committed suicide. As onlookers, we wonder why people who may have seemed to have everything one could desire would do this. There’s talk about mental health and speculation about the circumstances surrounding their decisions. None of this is very helpful because it cannot undo what has been done. What we may say is clear is that they had reached a point where utter hopelessness and helplessness reached its pinnacle, and they decided that there was no other way for the pain to stop but by this method.
I don’t think it imperative to judge them. That’s God’s job, and I would hope that mercy rules the day as He truly knows the circumstances of these tragic events. We never know what a person is going through. They may seem to have it all together, but it may just be a façade. Others who felt hopeless have done the same: King Saul fell on his sword (1 Sam. 31:3–5) as did his armor-bearer. Samson, in his drive for revenge, essentially sacrificed himself to kill others (Judg. 16:25–30). Abimelech was so injured that he went ahead and took his life because he didn’t want it said that a woman took his life (Judg. 9:50–55). We can also add to this list Ahithophel, Zimri, and Judas.
Some may well say that one who takes their life cannot possibly go to heaven because they would not be alive to repent. However, I believe that’s a cheap view of God’s grace. I just cannot believe that our Creator who paid a high price would be so fickle as to condemn us over one sin when His Son’s blood is far greater than we might ever imagine. It’s true that they cannot repent, but there are others who have passed away naturally and may have had sins against them. The blood of Christ is far more powerful than our sins, but we ought not to continue in them that His grace may abound (Rom. 5:20–6:2).
It is the thief that comes to kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us life (John 10:10). Even if you feel alone and hopeless, remember that God is near to the brokenhearted (Ps. 34:18–19). He loves you and will sustain you (Ps. 55:22). He offers us all freedom and peace (Rom. 8:1–2). If you are one who is so struggling, please do not consider suicide. Let us know, and we’ll help you, or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Your life is so precious.