Essay written for Beyond the Basics English Class.

Why People Need Jesus

Our world is filled with people who are misunderstood, and treated badly just because of stupid stereotypes and prejudices. Looking through my “Christian eyeballs” I don’t see these people with stereotypes and prejudices, I see them as people who need and love help and I want to reach out to them and guide them to God.

We see people like the ones in The Outsiders around our world all the time. People who party, drink, smoke, lie, pilfer and get arrested on a regular basis. We see people who don’t get along with other people other than their friends and family. And the people who live a reclusive life and don’t like other people and just get along with a select group-“outsiders”. We look at these people and think: “Uhhh…Let’s not talk to those people.” But reading this book has really made me think about the expression: “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” because I see that these people aren’t “bad people” they’re just people who need something to fill the void in their hearts with something good, Jesus’ love.

“I’d been to church before. I used to go all the time, even after Mom and Dad were gone…..When Johnny and I went , we sat in the back, trying to get something out of the servmon and avoiding the people…” – Ponyboy wants to know the truth and learn about the Bible and Jesus, but…“well, Soda can’t sit still long enough to enjoy a movie, much less a sermon. It wasn’t long before he and Steve were throwing paper wads at each other and clowning around…” (66) Ponyboy tries to apprehend the concept of a God and someone who loves him no matter what stuff he does. People like Dally need Jesus because his parents neglect him, and don’t care about him and he only gets love from his friends (mostly Johnny who gets the same treatment from his parents). He loved one person, Johnny, and he had no other real love for anyone else, and once that one person he loved so dearly died, the memory haunted him, and he just couldn’t live with it so, he killed himself. He just needed love, he needed a pure, real, genuine affection from Jesus Christ to save him, and he just needed to ask him for forgiveness.

In our world, we see people like these, but hopefully, I’ve encouraged you not to look at these people the same was but look at them through your “Christian eyeballs” and help them see the light that is God’s love.


This blog entry was originally posted on our previous website, on an earlier date. (~2015-Feb 2016)

Student Noah Johnson on “Why People Need Jesus.”
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