Godly hope in the midst of celebrity suicide
I was scrolling through a Facebook feed when I noticed that Linkin Park was trending. Next I saw an article about a tribute to Chester Bennington –a tribute? This isn’t good… come to find out the singer of the rock band Linkin Park had taken his own life – suicide.
I cried. I could scarcely believe someone who I had connected to so well during my lifetime through his music had just taken his own life. It’s shocking and terribly sad.
I received the Meteora CD for my 14th birthday. I listened to it in my CD player over and over again. It was easily my favorite album.
Even when I went camping I still brought Linkin Park with me – letting the older generation have a listen because I wanted them to experience it too.
At times, as an adolescent, it felt like Chester was going through some of the same things I was experiencing — pain, disappointment, skepticism, bitterness and anger.
From the foreword introduction with the sound of breaking glass that segways perfectly into the first loud rock song to Chester’s singing and growling and Mike Shinoda’s rap rhymes the whole album is so raw and palpable. I found this kind of emotional honesty breathtakingly refreshing. Chester was able to express his emotions in a way I wish I could at the time. I admired him speaking so openly about the not-so-niceties of the human condition. Chester references in one of his songs looking for “somewhere I belong”; maybe you too are looking for somewhere you belong.
If so, keep reading!
I want to let you know about a place with an open invitation where we belong. This place is not a location you would find on a map but it’s a faith journey instead into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.
What do I mean by this?
I’m inviting you into (if you don’t already have) a real relationship with Jesus, the living and loving Son of God.
His testimony is given to us in the Bible.
Jesus -who is God’s son and part of the divine trinity- was born of a virgin woman on Earth and lived a holy life preaching of His Father in heaven and how God wants us to live: loving God , Jesus and one another.
Jesus then went to die on the cross as a blood sacrifice for all people in order to reconcile our broken relationship with God (our relationship was tainted by our destructive desires aka sin that keep us away from God). But Christ did not only experience death, He rose from the grave to show us His power over death after his crucifiction.
Only by Jesus’ death and resurrection as holy and blameless God coming to earth in the form of a man dying innocently on the cross for our repeated offenses can we receive the gift of eternal life and forgiveness for sin. There are profoundly serious consequences spiritually and eternally for the ways in which we act. Jesus chose to pay that penalty for us and offer us escape from sin and death in exchange for an eternal relationship with Him.
….Maybe you’ve cheated your way in business, lied in a relationship or struggle with an addiction…
Jesus can forgive and heal us but we must choose to call and believe in Him. God says that we must adhere to Jesus and stay connected and rooted in Him to be productive in any area of our lives.
““I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.
“Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.”
John 15:1-4 MSG