Joan Hall, a resident of Sarnia, wrote a letter to the editor of The Sarnia Observer about Jesus and, in fine Observer form, they published it. (I swear they do this simply to entertain me.)
JESUS OFFERS HOPE FOR TODAY'S TEENS
Sir: The Oct. 30 Observer article "Finding the Light," concerning "a spate of recent suicides," reminded me that back in 1963 (47 years ago) prayer (and God) was removed from the public schools.
Point made - only youth in public schools (and none in Catholic of Christian schools) commit suicide. Oh? Maybe not?
Before 1963, chief problems with kids included talking, chewing gum, making noise, getting out of line, etc. After 1963, things escalated to the problems becoming rape, robbery, assault, murder, suicide, etc.
The absurdity of that statement is amazing. No murders, assaults, robberies, rapes and suicides before 1963? Shake your head. And next are you going to tell us that before "god" came down to Moses, people didn't know not to kill and rape? And how many people have committed suicide because of the oppression and subjugation brought on by people who believe in "god"? Homophobia, oppression of women and out-group hostility are victimless crimes?
Did you know that when public schools were founded, the Bible was the main textbook? Also, Harvard, Yale and Princeton were all founded as Christian colleges for the purpose of teaching the Bible.
You talk about kids behaving badly and then mention the bible? Time to stone the kids! (Joan, please read your bible, it obviously doesn't say what you think it does.) And who cares what Yale, Princeton, etc. were founded with/to do(never mind that you have your facts wrong)? Over 300 years ago, we didn't have "modern science". The Universities have grown up - you should too.
There is an answer to the "light" that today's children/ teens are looking for. It is Jesus Christ.
And here I thought they didn't want light - I was thinking they wanted to be recognized as equal and valuable members of society. Maybe people do yearn for people to call them sinners and sick and abominations and they simply also need Jesus Christ to be invoked when all that happens (as if that isn't the reason for a good portion of it already). Thank you, Joan. Your logic is perfect.
Do you wonder why young and old alike are lost, confused, depressed with no reason to live? They have no hope.
I wonder if that is because they've prayed and prayed and prayed and have never had a prayer answered? They've been lied to all their lives about the existence of some sky-fairy who will look after them when they need help and now, in times when they need help, he's not there (and never has been).
Jesus is the answer. He will enter into your life -just ask Him.
Jesus? Still nothing.
Jesus offers and gives hope. But you have to go to Him. He's always waiting.
-- Joan Hall