There is More: A Response to Chester Bennington’s Suicide

If music can save people why doesn’t music save musicians?

I’ve had people say to me, “You’re music saved my life.” But let me just say, it isn’t music that saves people.

When we worship music this false god will be shaken. Anything built on our idolatry will fail us and fall away in the end.

Success, fame, family, friends, romance, pleasure, philosophical highs, work, physical strength, intellect, all these areas of life prove meaningless when you consider all the lives built on these things that have ended in suicide or in some other tragic robbery of life.

The truth is, if there is a life saved by the music we make, it is not the music itself that saves, it is the Spirit behind it.

So many people, myself included, listened to Linkin Park because it was honest and made them feel less alone in their pain and questions and struggles. It is not incidental that Linkin Park drew and ministered to a many suicidal fans.

And it is disgustingly irresponsible to disregard the impact we will have on our fans and family by such public choices of death … the enemy is suicide.

It is not romantic.

It is not poetic.

It is not beautiful.

It is theft.

It is destruction.

It guarantees no rest for the one who wants their pain to stop.

It is the result of evil and fear and pain and hopelessness and shame and deception and not knowing that each of us are created in the image of God and have such great value and worth because of this, that God Himself, our creator, considers us all worth dying for.

Worth redeeming.

As a survivor of contemplating suicide for years and planning it, I came to find that Jesus Christ has offered all humanity freedom from all of the torment of the evil we are drowning in if we will freely put our trust in him and ask him to deliver us.

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