I write to express my disappointment that in coverage of the "Community Conversation on Suicide," you decided not to mention every solution that was offered. Everyone will cover everything except God. I am also quite concerned that the one Christian leader that was given the floor did not mention God even one time.
I stood and expressed the things I've been through, having grown up here and that it is the grace of God that saved me. I stated that that's what these kids need. Not counseling, not medication, and not trusted adults. Trusted adults are important, and if they have the Gospel in their tool kit they can really help someone. Just by saying, "Hey Jesus loves you and died for you to have life (John 3:16)."
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:17: Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. I have experienced that freedom and the youth of this county and the nation deserve at least the chance to hear about this love, so they can decide for themselves!
Why is it okay to teach the kids that there is no gender? Why is it okay to teach the kids that creation was an accident and their life has no meaning? Why is it okay to teach the kids that it's all just an accident that we are here in this life, on this planet, in all its beauty and complexity? That's ludicrous! Yet they can't be taught about the love of Jesus Christ for them? The factual story of Jesus gives HOPE and what is the harm in that?
A lot of Christians across the nation will say that the state of the youth in America is a direct result of the removal of God, but they say it in the comfort of their homes where it does no earthly good! There are answers in the Bible, there is love in the Bible! This is not a my church vs. any church, or my beliefs vs. yours or anyone's. This is how many churches and Christians can I get to stand up, speak out and say Jesus is the answer, to say "I believe in the power of God" and "God is more than just a little church on Sunday."
God gave us freewill and he won't violate it but, but look -- He asks you to choose Him and his blessings and live life with Him. A hopeless person commits suicide and the light of the Word of God can prevent it. A hopeless child is a tragedy ... there is hope, help and strength found in Jesus Christ. We don't all have to agree on doctrine, but if you're reading this and you are a believer in Jesus Christ it's time to stand up!