A Note to @lindsaylohan and to All of Us

25 Jul

On Saturday we received the sad news that Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented and deeply addicted singer had died.  While the autopsy results were “inconclusive,” it is highly likely that Amy fell victim to her addiction.

Earlier today I read an article about Lindsay Lohan that said on Saturday after hearing of Amy Winehouse’s death, she was out “boozing it up” with friends.  Calling those people “friends” is debatable, but we’ll return to that in a minute…after I say a little bit to the rest of us first.

Why is it that we treat addiction in others with such passivity?  I mean, we are literally watching people dying left and right, and the best we can do is watch it on E! News or write our most hateful little 140 character statements on Twitter about how “this was only a matter of time,” or “surprised it didn’t happen sooner,” or “she just did this to herself.”

This is the lowest form of jealous human behavior.  It indulges our voyeuristic tendencies while the object of our envy self-destructs all while we talk about the person like they don’t even matter.

Back to Lindsay Lohan.  Lindsay, you will most likely never read this, but if by some chance you do, I want you to know a few things.  I’m just like you.  We all are, really.  We get blinded by things that don’t really matter in the great journeys of our lives and are side-tracked by them.  For some people that is pornography.  For others it is fame and riches.  Still others, substances that promise excitement, but in the end are just thieves.

Lindsay, I’m sorry for all of the people who have acted like they are your friends, but have not loved you enough to tell you the truth.  Real friends tell you the truth, no matter how much they have to gain by keeping you happy by staying silent.  It seems like you may not have too many friends that are willing to do that for you.  If you do, please listen to them.  Because they are the ones who truly love you.

I also want you to know, Lindsay, that God loves you.  No matter how let down you have been by family or friends…God is still there for you.  I saw not too long ago that you had visited the LA Dream Center.  The pastor, Matthew Barnett has tweeted about how well-received you were when you visited there.  Lindsay, if you get connected with that church and Matthew Barnett, you will find the amazing life that you thought you would get from being famous.  Real life is found by serving others.  Go back and see for yourself.  I guarantee that you will get the help you need and learn how to live in a new way.

Finally, Lindsay, I will not make fun of you or talk about any choices that you make.  Here is what I will do…pray for you.  And not in a condescending way as if I’ve figured it all out…because I haven’t.  You can do this!  It is my prayer that you would break free from addiction and that you would live a life of such greatness that people all over the world would see God’s strength shine through your weaknesses.

Peace,

Neil

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2 Responses to “A Note to @lindsaylohan and to All of Us”

  1. Tom Schori July 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Neil,

    I keep learning new things about you in different places.You are amazing!

    Dad

    • Neil Schori July 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

      Thanks, Dad 🙂

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