Can Act It, Can’t Live It

The suicide death of Robin Williams   August 13, 2014

The passing of famous people often make the news headlines, however when popular actors kill themselves, the news is shocking and often becomes over dramatized.
With the recent suicide of Robin Williams, many are expressing dismay and sadness, leaving many to wonder. Most wonder why and how this could happen to such a popular and apparently successful person.

In Robin’s case, depression, drugs, alcohol, loss of popularity, and failed marriages are the supposed reasons, which are the most common for many who end their own life. However, these are symptoms of a much deeper problem and Christians who truly believe in Christ and embrace his teachings should know the real issues.

Robin Williams’ death is not an anomaly, but rather a prime example of a nation of people who have learned to act a normal happy life, yet fail miserably at living life with all its ups and downs. Robin did a great job of believing what he pretended, yet the reality of living apart from truth eventually took its toll.

Williams portrayed many believable roles of true life psychiatrists, physicians, and anti-establishment role models that helped the handicapped and the mentally ill, or portrayed the misunderstood outsider who made life better for others. He acted it, but couldn’t live it.

When we live apart from Christ, who is THE TRUTH, we live a lie. Living a lie gives false hope, and life eventually falls apart because hope to live happily in this world is one of the biggest lies this world offers.

Robin made a career out of making people laugh and be happy. He acted happy, yet he was miserable on the inside. In 1988, Robin made a music video with Bobby McFerrin entitled “Don’t worry be happy” that became popular, and how apropos to Christ warnings concerning acting life out happily while living apart from the author and giver of life. “Thus it is written,  ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam [meaning Christ] became a life-giving spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45).

Many Christians are taught to pretend to be happy, not to worry, and to make the world and its culture a friend. (See James 4:4.) They do not know that this approach estranges them from having personal relationship with the living God. Christians who try to reconcile happiness as the world offers with Christ’s promises of life forces one to act as if they have life. Most false doctrines teach how to be happy apart from obeying and abiding in Christ, which boils down to pretending and believing the pretense. Those who live this way find they did not garner substance and quality of character to live in peace and security when “life on earth” troubles and deception fall upon them.

Like Robin, many Christians have no peace when the truth of the world catches up with them.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Expect to hear of more suicides, not just of the rich and famous, but of the common person in your neighborhood. The world’s lies about life, hope and change is starting to be seen for what it is — a pack of lies. 

Copyright © 2014 Charles Pretlow All rights reserved

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