The death of a teen is a tragedy in many ways. Lately, it seems that the 13-18 year old group--a very impressionable age group to say the least--has been reaping a lot of headline time on the issue of teen suicides:
*One 15 year old boy allegedly killed himself over a streaking incident that took place a day or two earlier.
*One 15 year old girl reportedly attempted suicide at her local high school, was hospitalized, and died before the end of the school day.
Adults remain ignorant of the fact that items which appears on line often has more sway with younger minds. Parents need to be aware of the fact that many teens have multiple social media accounts: one for parental view, another for personal use, and another for quick communication with friends. Parents also need to be aware that, if a teen is associated with gang activity, they may have another account expressly for quick communication either with their own gang, or friends in rival gangs.
It has often been said that where the Bible has been ushered out, the devil has been welcomed in. The teen suicide issue seems to be fueled by a de-emphasis upon reading, and an over indulgence in computer screen viewing. The eyes ARE the windows to the soul. Just one look at an on screen negative comment; just one look at a quick pornographic video, just one out-of-bounds action can wreck all kinds of havoc in a young soul.
The Apostle Paul warns that Christians--teens especially--have to stay away from or shun even the appearance of something evil (I Thessalonians 5:22). The Apostle John later pens that the lust of the eyes can cause ruin to one’s soul (I John 2:16). In short, where the mind is ‘hooked’ on viewing, there may be trouble brewing as there is some kind of evil stewing.
Suicide among young people today is influenced by what they see. More physical reading of the Scriptures should be stressed to young people in order to help them develop the mental toughness needed to overcome those visible doorways to wrong viewing and thinking. That’s the plain truth.