I bet the title of this post has already prompted some internal reactions. Please give me the chance to share what I want to share before you respond.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Normally I detest “awareness” campaigns for things that are household words. And I wouldn’t be jumping into this if the subject wasn’t somehow personal for me.
On my sidebar is the name Jordan Tuttle. I still have a hard time referring to him as anything but a “kid,” since we grew up in the same church, until his family moved away after his parents’ divorce.
Jordan came from a military family. His dad was in the Air Force, his mother was a soldier. So was his step-father, and his sister. Jordan was also a soldier.
And while he was deployed, Jordan committed suicide.
Jordan’s family shared their story with the Louisiana National Guard in order that others might be saved. Please watch the video and listen to their hearts.
Spiritual warfare is real. Satan is out to steal, kill, and destroy as many as he can before his time is up. God can use doctors and medication to heal people. Satan can use TBIs, depression, traumatic experiences and other things to induce people towards suicide.
Don’t read what I didn’t write: Christians have been struggling with depression for hundreds of years. And the power of the blood of Christ is strong enough to forgive any sin, even the ones we forget or don’t have time to repent of before we die (1 John 1:9).
We aren’t powerless in this battle. We can be prayer warriors against the suicidal thoughts in ourselves and our loved ones. But just like ignoring those who threaten us on this earth emboldens them enough to behead our citizens on youtube, ignoring the attacks from the Enemy leave us and our loved ones vulnerable.
Let us not grow weary in doing our part in the spiritual war for this world – and having done all, to stand. (Eph 6:10-18)