You’ll have to forgive my rant. I was listening to the news this morning, and I became extremely frustrated over the events of the past few days. I admit that the news I listen to is talk radio and it leans more to the conservative right. I’m specifically referring to the rioting in Milwaukee and the events surrounding this.
I get it why those involved are mad as hell, they’re tired of having their people killed. This is completely understandable, especially when it’s senseless and unnecessary. However, this is NOT just a ‘race’ problem no matter how some people want to spin it. The reality is it’s a heart problem, a culture problem, and more specifically a problem at the family level. The police are scared, the citizens are scared and with the media/popular culture focusing on race as the primary issue is only making the situation worse.
In regards to the situation, if you don’t want your children to end up dead protect them by training them, if you’re a Christian then teach them to be followers of Christ, not of the world. Even if you’re not religious train them to play fair, follow the rules and respect authority. Teach them to be guardians of the helpless, needy and the poor. Instruct them in the difficult art of patience and forgiveness. Teach them to value life of all race, creed, religion etc., and to love their fellow man.
I have a two year old boy who is cruel, unkind and a real terror. His behavior is a result of his sin, a prime example of ALL of us in our fallen state. If left unchecked my son is going to be a reckless man and an unfit member of society. It is our job as his parents to teach him to control himself and obey authority, not just for his safety, but those around him. We must instill in him that a fear of the Lord is what will protect him, and a love for mercy, justice, and grace will guard his heart from hardening.
What it comes down to is, training him with love and grace yet being firm all the while trusting in the Lord to fulfill His promise to our covenant children, is our one and only hope. For those who understand God’s Word, we can not do this alone and without God changing my son’s heart. It boils down to a delicate balance between discipline and grace so we do not become too strict and firm by not showing him the love we ourselves have been given by God. If it is His will, God shall step in at a preordained point in My son’s lifetime and do the rest. “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6)
I understand this won’t solve the worlds (or the United States) problems if not all will subsribe to my ideas concerning this. I understand that racism is a problem and The United States is not the only place it exists or the first. Where have other countries mostly succeeded where we are failing? Immersion and equality, oneness among diversity. Maybe if families identify as American rather than skin color or country of origin, or if there was no longer special programs that aid specific groups we might start feeling like one people. Maybe if families raised their children as I mentioned above, there would be less division. Maybe if the government was less involved in schools, businesses, and everything else we’d be in a better situation.
What happened to the land of opportunity, instead of this land of expectation? We don’t come into this world being owed anything, in fact our life is a precious gift and blessing, we owe our parents and more importantly God for our chance to do some good. Instead we have a majority who lean on the hard work of others and feel their owed for the hardship of others and worse of all are the people who buy into this and further perpetuate the problem. Take it from those who have immigrated legally, worked hard to survive, and immersed into the ‘melting pot’ of this great nation.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) And I will raise my children to love all others as we love them, and that hard work goes a long way to help themselves and others. End of rant.