Ergun Caner’s Son Commits Suicide

While I am a skeptic of Ergun Caner–his claims to be a former Jihadi are not congruent with known facts–I empathize with him regarding the suicide of his son Braxton. That’s not something a father should have to endure.

Apparently, a minister named J.D. Hall had badgered Braxton about his father. Not only was that inappropriate in that Braxton is not responsible for his father’s actions; it was also Braxton’s duty to honor his father, even though his father was short of the glory in some aspects of his life. Hall should have been a catalyst for Braxton to honor his father, not undermine his father’s place in his life.

While Hall appears to be quite repentant, the whole episode is a reminder of what to do–and not to do–regarding the confrontation of sin.

Confront the offender. Don’t take it out on the wife, the children, or other relatives.

Otherwise, you are misrepresenting the Gospel and showing a reckless disregard for the mercies of God.

Ergun Caner is wrong, and is worthy of censure.

His son did not deserve to be attacked for the offenses of his father.

3 thoughts on “Ergun Caner’s Son Commits Suicide

  1. His son did not deserve to be attacked for the offenses of his father.

    How true. What a terrible ordeal the Caners must be going through.

  2. I don’t know any of the people you are talking about. I never heard of any of them. I am always skeptical when I hear badgering or bullying used as an excuse for why someone, particularly a young person, committed suicide. The reasons are generally much more complicated than that. Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc falacy.

    • Absolutely. I’m not establishing causation; just calling attention to the fact that–causation or not–JD was out of line.

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