“Our collective heart stands broken as a result of Pastor Rick Warren’s loss; the passing of his son Matthew. We pray for healing and strength for the Warren and Saddleback family. Yet, this tragedy facilitates an opportunity if not an obligation for the Christian community to address mental illness. Mental illness exists in and outside of the church community. Christians struggle with depression and even suicidal thoughts. It does not make you less of a Christian. Just like heart disease or cancer does not dilute our Christianity, neither does mental illness.
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
Hispanic Evangelical Association