As we are bombarded by news about teenage suicides, I felt uncomfortable again. Just today, I’ve read sad news about a 12-year-old Fil-Am girl who committed suicide after being relentlessly taunted by classmates who called her “slut” and “whore” and mocked her appearance on and offline.
“On May 22, she hanged herself with a belt at her family’s home, in Queens Village, New York. The seventh-grader left a suicide note apologizing to her family and recounting the torture she endured at the hands of bullies at her school.” Via GMA News Online (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/316787/pinoyabroad/news/after-pinay-girl-s-suicide-crackdown-on-us-school-bullying-urged )
|Gabriel Molina, at the age of 12 committed suicide because of bullying. She's just one of them.|
Again, I felt so sad and also determined to open this issue to the public and also to the Christian community ‘coz maybe one of our friends, one of our family members or even us ourselves encounter this matter.
Almost a year ago, I’ve shared to you a blog about myself being a victim of bullying. Ten years of being a victim made me commit things that shouldn’t be done. I committed suicide, not just once, twice, trice but many times. The depression and loneliness made me weak enough to almost give up my precious life.
Maybe others won’t realize how hard it is to encounter matters like this. Specially those who aren’t aware of this situation that nowadays, suicide and bullying went on viral. As the modern technology increases it’s significance and people decreases their private life because of Social Medias, many of us are unaware that we are unaware. Unaware of other people’s feelings or should I say we neglect these kind of issues. In short, we tolerate.
“By severing moral choices from the religious and philosophical reasons for those choices, we no longer understand why we ought or ought not to do anything……. The problem with tolerance is that it isn't for anything. The only "ought" under the so-called virtue of tolerance is that you ought not claim there are any absolute virtues and you dare not attempt to impose them if you do. In reality, the modern emphasis on tolerance is better understood as a covenant of tolerance: "I won't tell you what to do and you don't tell me what to do." In the end, common virtue is replaced by personal values that are relative to each person and what they determine works best for them.” - S. Michael Craven
We could prevent things like “suicide” or “bully” to happen only if we care enough to stand for “good” and to “fight” for the victims. Sometimes, people DOES NOT CARE.
We do feel sad but we DO NOT ACT.
We sympathize and that’s all.
But we still have a chance to make things right.
We can still love.
We can still understand.
We can help.
We can be an instrument to save lives.
Prayer helps but we need to reach them to make an impact. We need to share to them that Jesus loves them and that they are not alone. We can be their friends and introduce them to the BEST FRIEND we have and that is JESUS CHRIST. By that, they can understand that they belong. They can freely embrace life as if they have never experience being bullied.
They can smile and laugh with us.
They can inspire other victims.
They can experience how good God is.
They can inspire other victims.
Most importantly, they are SAVED.
Not a victim but a victor,
2 Corinthians 12:10 says, “….for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”