California Pastor Greg Laurie is reminding those who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts of God’s plan.
Laurie, who is the senior pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, shared the encouraging sermon days after beloved Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington took his own life.
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“This is tragic, another rock star, another lead singer,” Laurie said, the Gospel Herald reported.
A Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Bennington’s death last week. He is survived by a wife and six children, but had struggle with drugs and alcohol in the past.
Bennington appeared to have had it all, Laurie said, which makes his suicide all-the-more shocking.
“We think, ‘Wait, what? I thought that was like the dream, man, the American dream,” he said. “You’re a lead singer in a stinkin’ rock band, and you’re living in a beautiful home and you have tons of money and you have all the luxuries of life.”
Laurie said that “sometimes people are just depressed because they have no room for God in their life,” and when you add drugs to the equation, it’s “like pouring gasoline on fire.”
Laurie then referenced Linkin Park’s newest album, “One More Light,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. In the title song, Bennington says the line, “Who cares if one more light goes out?”
“I’ll tell you cares if one light goes out – Jesus Christ,” Laurie said. “He cares about every person, every man, every woman. He cares about every unborn baby, he cares about every person. He cares about the elderly person in the last moments of their life and that newborn and everyone in between. He cares for us, he loves us, he has a purpose and plan for our life. He can change our life.”
Laurie added that “God is still in the healing business.”
(H/T: Gospel Herald)