People hurt. People need people. People need a support system.
Teen suicides are climbing. According to NY Daily News, 1 in 6 teens have seriously contemplated suicide. 1 in 6. In an average size class of 30 students, that would be 5 students who have thoughts of suicide running through their heads. Probably many others, while not thinking of suicide, are clinically depressed. Would it be too strong to say that perhaps half of the class, 15 out of the 30, are unhappy? I think not.
In our country we kick away the pegs and wonder why the tents collapse.
What are the pegs? To begin with, close-knit families, close Christian families, and close friendships.
I have noticed a disturbing trend. Many memes I see on Facebook have sentiments that basically say—act crazy, act needy, and I will walk away. Of course, they are not always so blunt. Read carefully, though, and you will see that’s the message. For example, these words I have seen—Some people are not capable of love. Let them go.
Is that true? Did God make some people incapable of love? Did God tell us to give up on the unlovable? No, I think just the opposite.
We no longer know what commitment means. Let someone disturb us, and we shut them out. Go figure out your problems on your own. I have my own problems to deal with. I don’t need your craziness. This is the message we send to others.
What is the message we need to send? Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.~I Corinthians 13:7
Autism is on the rise. Autistics have problems with socialization. In America we prize people who are social butterflies. The socially awkward are ostracized. Autism runs in my family. Autistics often have difficulty controlling anger. So, do we throw up our hands? Do we give up?
It does not mean they cannot become Christians. It means we have to work harder at showing them God’s love and sharing with them God’s message. It means having a heart of forgiveness. It means surrounding others, covering others, raining down our love on others.
Even love that extends to those who might be thinking the unthinkable.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. ~Eph 6:10-18
Our weapons against evil are these—truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, Spirit, the word of God, and prayer. Let us speak boldly to all and do not allow our fear to keep us from showing love to all—including those we may be fearful of. God sent his Son to die for all. Even those we fear!
The world will know we are Christians by our love.