For those who may not know, Pastor Rick Warren’s son Matthew committed suicide yesterday. While there are those who are speculating that Matthew Warren was gay, there is no evidence of that. All that is known is that the son of Saddleback Church’s pastor suffered from mental illnesses and deep depression.
Warren wrote in an open letter that “At 27 years of age, Matthew was an incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate young man whose sweet spirit was encouragement and comfort to many. Unfortunately, he also suffered from mental illness resulting in deep depression and suicidal thoughts.”
Matthew Warren was the youngest child of Rick and Kay Warren. He also wrote:
“No words can express the anguished grief we feel right now. He had a brilliant intellect and a gift for sensing who was most in pain or most uncomfortable in a room. He’d then make a bee-line to that person to engage and encourage them.”
“In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.”
NBC reported that Matthew Warren was found at 10 am of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Pastor Warren is known for being vehemently anti-gay. His inclusion in the first Obama Inauguration was highly controversial. He was an ardent proponent of Proposition 8. Since then, Warren has been fairly quiet on the front of anti-gay rhetoric with many others eclipsing him. He has written numerous books spreading his view of faith.
Our condolences go out to the Warren family in this time of pain for no matter how much we may be at odds with each other, we are all, in the end, human.