“For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord Jehovah: wherefore turn yourselves, and live” (Ezekiel 18:32).
Our nation watched in horror a few years ago as the events from Guyana unfolded. Over 900 people were either killed or committed suicide. Whole families, fathers, mothers, children….and children that had been left to the People’s Temple. What caused this? How could people reach a point where they could and would kill themselves and each other? I don’t know the answers to these questions, and I doubt if we will ever really understand. But these events do give us cause for thought.
What Is Spiritual Suicide? Physical suicide is to deliberately end ones life. Spiritual suicide is to live as to lose our soul. It is to choose to follow a course of action that causes spiritual death when we could have chosen another.
How Do People Commit Spiritual Suicide Today? As in the days of the prophet of old (Hosea 4:6), “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,”. It wasn’t that the information was not available, rather the people chose not to avail themselves to it When people choose not to know God’s Will, it leads to Spiritual Death.
Neglect: “…how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3). How many times do we hear people say; “I am going to check into religion one of these days… Just as soon as I get things straightened out.” Or, “I know I should…and I will someday…” They need to learn a lesson from the governor in Acts 24:25, “Go thy way for this time; and when I have a convenient season, I will call thee unto me.” So far as we know that convenient season never came.
Misplaced Values: How many are committing Spiritual Suicide today trying to lay up for themselves treasures here on earth only in the end to find: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matt. 6:19). How foolish it is.
When The Blind follow the Blind. “And he spake also a parable unto them, Can the blind guide the blind? Shall they not both fall into a pit?” There are many today, who do not bother with finding the way…they are satisfied when some one else leads. How suicidal it is when they follow the blind. Remember that Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
How Do We Prevent Spiritual Suicide? “Wherefore he saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine upon thee” (Eph.5:14) (See also Romans 13:11). The apostle is telling us to be awake and become aware of what is going on. To face reality. And again: “Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15). We need to follow the example of the Boreans (Acts 17:11) “Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of the mind, examining the Scriptures daily, whether these things were so.”
Resolve to Do It Now! “Today is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). Don’t wait for a more convenient season. Realize that YOU are going to give an account to God for the way YOU have lived, and what YOU have done. Instead of Spiritual Suicide, may we all so live as to hear Jesus say: “Well done, good and faithful servant:….Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:21 & 34).
By Frank Briscoe