A Future in Jeopardy
*Video contains graphic incidents*
The city of Chicago has been in an uproar over the death of yet another Chicago Public School student. This young man was brutally beaten to death by gang members outside of a community center in the Roseland Neighborhood. Some reports have stated that this young man was an innocent by-stander; others say he was beaten because of his refusal to join a gang, and some say that said he was a part of the brawl. The true report is unknown at this point, but what is true is that this young man is gone from this earth. A young life full of potential has fallen victim to senseless violence.
Reports say that there are 3 people that have been charged with 1st degree murder with a possible 4th suspect that police are still in search for. The immediate reaction of the community is joy that these individuals have been captured and will face justice in the court of law. Now, I too, felt some relief know that these attackers have been captured and the police are doing their job, but my spirit man was also touched but in a different aspect, urging to take a look at the whole picture, the background, the unseen part of the story.
While 1 young life has physically ended in this world, there are 3 to 4 others that hang in the balance of the courts, possible receiving a life sentence for the crimes that they committed. In total we have a possible total of 5 young lives that essentially have ended in some form of fashion.
Joyce Meyer once said that “By helping a child, you can avoid repairing an adult.”
We should not only be concerned about the attackers being brought to justice, but the reasoning behind this tragic incident, and how can we prevent this from happening again. The bible teaches to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6. We take this scripture and many times stop at the interpretation with that we need to raise our children in the church teaching them God’s Law, and how to live a righteous and holy life, which is very true. We also have to keep in mind that the bible is true in every sense, which means that we cannot just look at the side we want to see, we have to look at the side that we don’t want to see. If we are not taking time with our kids to teach them about Jesus, then something else will teach them a different way of life. What is it that is training our kids a way that is different from the Lord? Is it, Ungodly parents or adults, inattentive parents, single parent homes, rap music, music videos, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Tv, movies, the environment, the media, or society? Something is training our kids and when they become older they are not departing from those worldly ways. We have to take notice what seeds are being planted in them even at a tender age. We have to look at the church; what are the churches doing to combat these spirits that are attacking our homes, our children?
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6
Again I ask, what is training our kids? We have to attack the core problem of why these kids are so angry and releasing this anger through acts of violence. The young men who were the attackers are not the only ones responsible for this, we all hold some level of responsibility because if we don’t fight for our kids then the devil will gladly harvest their souls. And while this particular case has taken to the nation, the sad thing is that this is not the only case of senseless violence. These events occur daily somewhere in somebody’s community. We have to work harder, pray harder, and be more involved with our children. Talk to them, love them, guide them, teach them, preach them, and always keep a helping hand and open ear to them. So many lives are lost either buried in the ground or locked away in cells.
“By helping a child, you can avoid repairing an adult.”—Joyce Meyer.
I would like to end with a prayer:
Father, we come to you in the mighty name of Jesus, we pray that you protect our children, cover them with your blood; shield them from the attacks of the enemy. We pray that their hearts be touch and that they incline their hearts to you, Father. To have a yearn for you, a want for you, a need for you, let them see you are the light Father, the true way of life is through you. Father, we pray that the spirit of anger be released from our children, the spirit of low self-esteem, the spirit of unworthiness, the spirit of fear. We pray that in you they find comfort from a hurting heart, Father. And Father, I pray that you touch the hearts of the adults and parents Father, touch their hearts to be more involved with the children, guide us in the way we are to assist them. We know you did not bring us out of our sin and our situations to watch others go through. Gives the courage to boldly proclaim your Word, to boldly testify the goodness of you, Father. Father we pray for you to strengthen our ability of discernment, to be able to see the unseen seeds that are being planted in our children that we may not only shield them, but educate them, to give them wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Father, I pray for that whatever burdens that are hindering parents from being involved in their children lives be removed, in Jesus Name. Father, touch the hearts of the leaders in the community to come together and take back their communities, raise up strong churches that will boldly do your work and your will. Position people in their divine place to be positive examples and mentors to the young people Father. We decree and declare this all in the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS. AMEN!