Having been through high school I understand what it’s like to be in a dark mind-space. The power of the human mind is unbelievably forceful; it can bring victory or defeat. I have seen both cases when it comes to dealing with depression. Few people realize the affects thoughts have on life, letting whatever comes to mind stay there, instead of thinking about what they are thinking about. Thoughts are meant to be taken captive-us as individuals have the control in our thought life, that’s a post for another day.
Actress Sinead O’Connor has released a number of disturbing tweets regarding suicide. An obvious example: “Anyway…If any1 knows how I can kill myself…Without my kids finding out I did it deliberately pls tell me asa f–kin p.” A number of things raise alarm with this post, first, the fact that she has children and no longer wants to live for them; second, if she were to follow through, she would want it to be a lie. More often than not, those who voice their desire to die will not end there life, in this case it is most likely a cry for attention. But this is no excuse to overlook what could be a serious issue. What escalates the intrigue is when O’Connor followed these thoughts up by saying; she does believe suicide is a sin. “u may as well have murdered every one who loves u even remotely. Including ‘God’. And we all have people who adore us…Even if we think we don’t.” This proves the strength of the mind, even what we know, even if it is wrong, even if it’s right-our minds take us places. It is interesting that someone who was just at the proverbial end of their rope, has apparently climbed back up and rung the bell of truth, stating what any suicide hotline would; that you are loved, even if you believe you aren’t. Sinead also brings up the point that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and also address’ that it is a selfish act. Suicide is grenade that scatters shrapnel for miles; there is never just one victim. In Sinead’s case her kids would also suffer.
So what do we take from this story of a talented actress still fighting the same battle that reportedly led to a suicide attempt on her birthday ten years ago? “Watch your thoughts, they become words, watch your words, they become actions, watch your actions they become habits, watch your habits they become your character.” “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” O’Connor was right on the money when she wrote: “BUT it’s ok to FEEL suicidal. That is most definitely neither a sin nor a sign necessarily, of madness. It’s quite normal to feel that way sometimes.” Life is full of hard times, but those rough patches carve us into who we are. Looking at the big picture can be overwhelming, take a breather, it only comes one little moment at a time.
If you think you or a loved one are in an emotional or suicidal crisis, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online, or call 800.273.TALK.
Recently, Miley tweeted a picture of a freshly inked = sign on her finger. No it’s not because she is a big fan of mathematics, the new body art was in support of gay marriage. She wrote “where does it say in the bible to judge others? Oh right. It doesn’t. GOD is the only judge honey. GOD is love.” This is very true, the Bible tells us not to judge others because that judgment will eventually come upon us, and God is in fact, love in the purest form.
Being a Christian who consistently prays for Hollywood and all its inhabitants, it makes me happy to hear a big time influence preaching with good intention. However, her message is skewed when she said “all love is equal.” According to His word, God would not say that. God is love, yes, but he is also the judge, the one who will bang the gavel. The judges in the courtrooms of today’s society don’t anxiously await opportunities to send people to prison but if you break the law, that’s where you end up. We seem to conveniently forget who we’re dealing with, who we’re answering to. The same guy that saved Noah and his family killed the rest of the people who were not on the boat; God spared Lot and his loved ones, what happened to the others in the town? Burnt to a crisp, oh, and the one who looked back…became a pillar of salt. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9:10) and his wrath is no joke people…he’s a serious guy and as much as he loves us (so much so he watched his own beloved child get mocked, spit on, scourged, beaten, and crucified just to give us a shot) he has, and always will, stick to scripture. So, as my view on gay marriage is lined up with God’s this isn’t something worth supporting. Marriage is between a man and a woman, period. This does not mean we judge others who are attracted to the same sex. Being gay is the same as lust, greed, or any other sin, but for some reason it seems like this one gets special attention. Hate the sin NOT the sinner, confusing this for plain hatred makes us no better than the sin itself-harsh but true.
What does one do is a situation like this; where a family member, friend, or co-worker is struggling with their view on orientation. Advice should be lined up with what scripture says, speak the truth. That is what Miley, being a child of God is responsible for, instead she’s advocating the wrong message. Her tattoo should stand for “love all equally” not “all love is equal.”