LIFE ISSUES: Suicide (Part 2)

Welcome to Apologetics with Carl Kerby!

Today, we’re talking about veteran suicide.

In the military, soldiers who repeatedly face death, take enemy combatants’ lives, and see friends killed often experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. No doubt, PTSD is a factor in the estimated 20-plus military veterans committing suicide each day.

In a Heritage Foundation panel discussion on suicide prevention and faith, Dr. David LeMay may have surprised listeners when he pointed out two often neglected treatment options for suicidal thoughts: prayer and meditation. LeMay stated that although traditional medicine plays a role in helping struggling vets, faith plays a crucial part in preventing veteran suicide.

LeMay is right. PTSD and the suicidal thoughts that come from it are not just physical or emotional problems — they’re spiritual ones, too.

Christ’s promise in Matthew 11 remains true for wounded veterans today: “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

And what about physician-assisted suicide? We’ll discuss that another time.

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Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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