This is a message to all Japanese Students – Please do not kill yourself!
Currently suicide is the leading cause of death in many age groups in Japan. This is partly because suicide is often a considered solution if one feels they have shamed themselves or their family. Today, even school children commit suicide simply because they made a mistake or got a lower grade than they had intended. Recently, I met a teacher from Japan, who is sad to lose so many of his students to what he called ‘senseless deaths.’ He asked me to write an article which would show an important alternative to student suicide.
So, this article is written to the young (and old) students of Japan: Please do not kill yourselves! Japaneses students, please do not commit suicide!
Despite you or your family’s or society’s expectations, shame is not a good reason to take your life as I will explain below.
Consider this; if you should live past this shame, you will get a chance to honorably redeem your grade (or situation) another day. Life will continue, and this incident, which seems shameful right now, may even be forgotten in time. If you live, you will have a chance to bring honor to yourself and family, even marry, raise a family, find in a job, perhaps in part because you learned how to handle shame and disappointments with honor and grace. But no matter what you decide to do, you must know this sacred secret I am about to share with you.
The secret is this; there is hope for you when you discover the God above all gods– a God many people in Japan know and meet every day. This great God is a God who has a different plan for both you and your shame. I would very much like to introduce to you to this God.
This mightly, holy God wants, more than anything, to love you and to be your constant companion. But he had a problem. He was too holy to walk with mankind because we all make mistakes and shame ourselves. So, God sent his son Jesus to die a cruel death on a cross. You see, his son Jesus died in our place. Jesus, who was good and never did anything to shame himself or his father, allowed himself to be hung naked on a wooden cross until he was dead. He did this to pay the price for our shame, sin, and mistakes. When we accept Jesus’s payment for our shame, God will allow us to wear the righteousness of Jesus like a beautiful, holy robe. The righteousness of Jesus covers our sins, failures , mistakes and shame. In this way, God counts us as good enough to walk with him without shame.
You can start a relationship with this great God with a simple prayer:
Please forgive me for my failures and the shame that I have brought upon myself and my family. Thank you that you provide forgiveness for my sins as well as my shame through the sacrifice of your son. Jesus. Thank you that Jesus gave his life for my life. Jesus wants to carry my sins and shame on himself. So I give Jesus my sin and my shame. In exchange, I give God my whole life. God, thank you that because Jesus is your son, and because he never sinned, he had the power to rise alive from the grave. Because Jesus did this for me, I can now walk with you, holy God, without sin or shame. God, please send your holy spirit to live inside of me so that you will be my constant companion. For with God, through Jesus, I am free from shame! My life becomes too valuable to throw away or to end it with suicide. God thank you for giving me your love, purpose and for honoring me by taking my sin and shame!
In Jesus Name,
This is a happy development. For now you belong to a God who believes that your life matters. To learn more about your new life in Christ, go to: http://thinkingaboutsuicide.com/new-believers-bible-study/
We have several videos which may interest you. The first video shows a Japanese worship service where the worshippers are honoring God with songs of praise.
Watch this anime (below) which shows part of the story of Jesus’s death on the cross.
This is an importatant movie in Japanese which shows the whole story of Jesus: