I am on the record as saying that if you are committing suicide, you are committing a cowardly action. That is, the act of suicide is cowardly. But I want to make it clear what I mean when I say that.
In some Middle Eastern countries right now people are being killed for being Christian. Sometimes they are executed. Sometimes they are simply shot in front of their kids, and if the kids are lucky they won’t be shot as well. But you’ll notice that a lot of these stories starts with the murderer going up to the head of the household and asking if he is Christian.
A Holy man would answer yes, and he would become a Saint with the hope that his family is inspired by his courage.
But many, many people would answer no to save their families.
This is the coward’s way out. If you answer no to this question, you are denying Christ, and you are being a coward.
Now, what would MY answer be?
I hope to God I never have to find out.
Just as I hope to God I never get so depressed I want to commit suicide.
Acknowledging that an action is cowardly is a factual statement. I say nothing about the state of the souls of those who commit the act, and I certainly say nothing about my or anybody else’s personal holiness.
But some actions are cowardly. Denying Christ is one of them. And another is suicide.