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Tonight a teenage boy about 18 or 19 years old with suicidal tendencies was being questioned on television. He was crying and saying that the problem was that there was no one he could talk to about his problems. He was then followed by a girl of about the same age who was also crying and saying about the same thing. Then Pat Robertson came on and I realized I had switched into The 700 Club. Teenage suicide is getting a lot of publicity these days. They say it is increasing dramatically. What is the reason for it? I am sure there are many reasons and that they are complicated. Perhaps part of the problem is often that they feel alone and unloved and that they have no one to talk to. Yet I feel that the most important cause of all the teenage frustration and unhappiness in our society is the spiritual vacuum in which the teenagers find themselves immersed. The society gives them no spiritual guidance whatsoever. They find no guidance from parents, schools, churches or anywhere else. There are no good voices giving them good, intelligent, prudent, sound advice. We live in a foolish society and the advice and counsel of the foolish is everywhere. The Bible says that people are analogous to sheep in that sheep need shepherds and have an instinct to follow. People also have an instinct to follow. They find leaders and follow. If the leaders are foolish they follow them into foolishness. We live in a society where everyone is following the foolish into foolishness. All the voices that the teenagers are hearing are pointing in the wrong directions and deep down inside them they know it. That is what is so confusing and depressing. The voices are all pointing the way to foolishness and self-destruction and spiritual emptiness. The teenagers are sheep who have lost their way amongst moral uncertainties and confusion. They are drifting in a sea of foolishness, uncertainty, and confusion. They are living in a world that glamorizes pleasure, lust and hedonism. A voice recommending a way of discipline and moral principle is one that is never heard. If it were it would be laughed down very quickly. We live in a society in love with foolishness, a society which keeps paying and paying for that foolishness, but which continues stubbornly with the love affair. Dec 1984 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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