These are all headlines in my local news for today:
"Macon Grandmother Accused in Death of 11 Year Old Granddaughter"
"Augusta 11 Year Old Admits to Killing Dad's Girlfriend"
"Cops: Ga Man Forced 7 Year Old to Smoke Pot"
"Georgia Teen Arrested After Explosive Devices Found"
All of this on today's local news. Never mind what is taking place in other parts of the country.
I don't know about you, but it makes me feel sick, sad and hopeless.
Lately the Christian faith has been under attack for espousing traditional family values. Traditional family values doesn't just mean marriage between men and women, but a value system that supports the family. I personally believe that if more families took the time to embrace some of those values, today's headlines would not be so hard to read.
Parents- take time with your children. Have dinner together as a family. Be interested in what is going on in their school. Monitor their internet activity and the media they see and hear. Evaluate their friendships, and prune the unhealthy ones when necessary. Let them see you pray. Love your spouse. Be gentle. Be kind to everyone you meet. Discipline them when they do wrong, praise them when they do right. Have integrity. I mean, isn't that what Jesus told us to do?
I can't help but be convinced that if these children were raised in homes where they felt safe and loved the outcome would be so different.
Above all, pray for today's children. They need it now more than ever.