A United Methodist Perspective on Suicide

The United Methodist Church’s official stance on suicide was probably written by a committee, much of it reads that way, but the Holy Spirit can work even through committees. I firmly believe that God is speaking through the second paragraph:

“A Christian perspective on suicide begins with an affirmation of faith that nothing, including suicide, separates us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39). Therefore, we deplore the condemnation of people who complete suicide, and we consider unjust the stigma that so often falls on surviving family and friends.” — The 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

That indeed is where we should begin, not even suicide can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You can read the entire statement here: https://goo.gl/Tev1kq