Foxnews.com had an article on Friday explaining that suicide attempt, and thoughts of suicide are on the rise among teens. It seems strange to think that a sizeable percentage of our young people who have barely set sail on their voyage in this world, already want to jump overboard.
But I guess it shouldn’t be all that shocking. Statistically speaking, the majority of our teens come from broken homes. They have step-parents, single parents or no parents. And a percentage of them are the victims of substance abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse or some combination of these three.
Add to that the overwhelming pressures they face from the media to look a certain way, dress a certain way, and think a certain way. If they get any of these wrong, they’re likely to be the victims of cruelty from their peers.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, they are being told from their educators that they are the products of a blind evolutionary process, products of chance as it were. Of course what that means is that their life, just like our universe, is meaningless. I guess I can see why, for many, their lives feel so empty and their futures seem so bleak.
The Bible explains to us that Satan has a plan for our lives, and it’s not a good one. He has come “only to steal and kill and destroy” (see John 10:10). By the way things look, he’s doing a really good job.
But thanks be to God that Satan isn’t the only one with a plan for our lives. Jesus too has a plan for our lives. He Himself said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (see John 10:10b).
Jesus Christ came to bring hope to the hopeless and life to the lifeless. And that’s exactly what this generation needs. With so many young people having lost their bearings, may we as the church continually offer Jesus as the Only One who can help them find their way.