What Would Jesus Say To Someone Like Leelah Alcorn? -- By: Garrett Kell
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What Would Jesus Say To Someone Like Leelah Alcorn?1
Delray Baptist Church
On December 28,
This is an excerpt from Leelah’s final words posted shortly before taking his own life:
When I was
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My mom started taking to a therapist, but would only take me to Christian therapists, (who were all very biased) so I never actually got the therapy I needed to cure me of my depression. I only got more Christians telling me that I was selfish and wrong and that I should look to God for help.
The letter goes on with sad details that I hope none of us are ever tempted to write or left to read in the wake of losing a loved one in such a tragic way. Leelah’s final request was, “my death needs to mean something.” I could not agree more.
It is heart-wrenching to know that a young person was so overwhelmed with pain that their only response was to stop living. That should mean something. Whether you’re LGBT, Christian, liberal, conservative, religious, or otherwise—we are humans and a tragedy like this should lead us to stop, weep, pray, and take notice.
For me, it made me wonder what I would say to my own child if they felt the same way Leelah did. And more importantly, it made me wonder, what would Jesus say to someone who feels the same way Leelah did?
I do not know exactly what Jesus would say to them, but there are...
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