Many readers have been deeply saddened by the suicide stories featured on my blog. It hits too close to home – they worry about their son or daughter. Or else it is just too painful to read.
I challenge us to read these stories anyway. We only grow from what we know. These stories give us conviction and calling to actually do something. We need a lot of evangelicals to do something.
You see, there are plenty of people who will ignore the stories simply because they are unmoved by anything related to homosexuality. They miss the pastoral care and protection that SSA/gay teens need It is your sensitivity to their deaths that equips you to be one person who will do something.
Reading these stories informs how I speak and teach. It informs every word I say. It informs how I listen and what I listen for. It sensitizes me to the ways that our inaction increases the risk profile for gay teens. It propels me to go the extra mile to ask for more detail when someone is depressed.
Jesus will have nothing to with bullying. He desires rescue for any teen being bullied! Every bully will one day answer to God. Christians cannot be silent: we must stand against bulling. If you cannot safely intervene, you can confidentially notify a teacher, guidance counselor, administrator or pastor.
I ask you to read these tragedies. It will change us. We will become a better reflection of Jesus to vulnerable youth. If they cannot see us protect them from harm, our Gospel will mean little to them.
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