What’s wrong with this picture…
I’ll tell you what’s wrong, Satan has declared war on our children, by destroying the godly bond of Christian marriage and family; and what we see all around us today, in our society (represented in the picture above), is the collateral damage of that attack!
Folks this is what’s missing in most of our families today, that parents should discipline their children while they are still young.
Do you remember this video, where this mom went out into the middle of the Baltimore riot and grabbed her 16-year-old boy:
And to show you just how sick our society is, they were going to actually prosecute her for doing this!
The Bible says that if you “Bring up a child in the way he should go, that when he is old he will not depart from it (Prov 22:6); we’re also warned that if children are not disciplined early on in life, while they are still young, that their personal development will suffer (Prov 13:24).
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself, to his own devices, brings shame (Prov 29:15); Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die (Prov 23:13); You shall teach your children diligently the laws and requirements of the Lord, as found in His Word, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (Deut 6:7).
Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart (Prov 29:17); Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him (Prov 22:15); Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death (Prov 19:18).
But as for you, (speaking to the Christians out there) continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from your childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright (Prov 20:11); All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children (Isa 54:13); Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children (Eph 5:1); For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer 29:11).
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth (3 John 1:4); Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children (Lam 2:19); Did he not make them one (husband and wife), with a portion of the Spirit in their union, and what was the one God seeking, Godly offspring (Mal 2:15).
If you strike your son with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol (Pro 23:14); And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression,” declares the Lord. “And as for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit that is upon you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouth of your offspring, or out of the mouth of your children’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from this time forth and forevermore (Isa 59:20-21).
Are we getting the picture and do we understand that the whole reason our society is being destroyed from within and is coming apart at the seams, is because long ago we as a nation abdicated our responsibilities and have violated our covenant with God?
Children today, with both parents either working or divorced, are pretty much raising themselves; and consequently with the absence of godly discipline and authority in their lives, they are learning their values from the streets.
Not only that, but we have a godless secular public education system today that bends over backwards to teach our children that faith in God is absolutely useless and irrelevant to anything that is of any importance or consequence in their life.
Some may look at this picture below and say this is justice; but as I look at the picture I see that as a society we are losing this war and we are losing our children to the hands of Satan.
You know every child is born into this world with a blank slate, and it is how they are raised that determines their character and their future.
With no parents around, with no godly discipline or training, with no reverence or fear of the Lord, this is what happens.
As for this young man, who really was still only a child at 18 years old, our failure as a society and the lack of godly training and discipline in his life, has consigned him to hell for all eternity!
God did NOT create disposable people, and the Scriptures that tell us that God has a plan, a purpose and a destiny for each of us, also includes each one of these children that we are seeing on the evening news!
As parents we ALL need to wake up to the fact that given the wrong set of circumstances and upbringing, that what we see represented in this photo could very well have happened to one of our children.
This is happening to way too many of our young people in our inner-cities today, and it has to stop!
This is God’s warning to all of us, and this is what He is after:
God will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else “I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
Wake up America!
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
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