This is not going to be one of my usual posts. I'm just thinking while typing here and hoping that maybe you can give me some insight. Please. And this topic definitely doesn't lend it's self to my usual humor.
About a month ago, we attended the funeral of a young man (young to us) who committed suicide. He was in his early 30's and left behind his wife and three children. I'd known him for over 20 years and my husband had known him longer although we hadn't been in close contact for quite awhile. Rumor is unemployment and some marriage issues pushed him over the edge. What's also troubling in this case, was this guy was a man of God. He knew God. He served God. He tried to lead his family to God. Yet, when push came to shove, he chose ending it all over continuing to serve God here.
In addition, within the last few weeks I've had two young family members mention they were thinking about killing themselves. They were only 10 and 14!! One is being raised in a godly, Christian home that where I have even entrusted mija from time to time. I know this child knows and loves the Lord. She even writes worship songs! The other young family member is from only a nominative Christian home, but he has godly relatives that are actively involved in his life.
I know there has always been suicide. But for some reason, there just seems to be a culture of death among the young even those raised in a Christian home.
Eph. 2:12-13 ...remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. [emphasis mine]
Why are Christians and our children living without hope if we have no God? Why are youth being attacked this way? What can we do to train our children to not even consider this as an option? How can we put a hedge of protection around them concerning this matter?
Seriously. I really would like your thoughts on this matter. Please reply.