Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It is time to get angry!!!!

Today a kid overdosed at school. This week I read about a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed at a party by the 40-year-old mother who resided at the house and provided alcohol to her teen guests. I also read about two kids in Tennessee who died after drinking a mixture of Mountain Dew and racing fuel. Yes! You read that fuel...the kind that makes race cars run!

My question is...What are we doing to our kids? What kind of world are we handing over to them?

We have become a society so afraid of "judging" that we lead kids to believe that anything goes, that anything is okay, and that nobody (not friends, strangers, or even parents) has the right to say any choice they make is wrong!

That's crap!

Our kids are pushing, testing limits, looking for lines that we as parents, that we as society are supposed to draw in the sand, lines that kids are not allowed to cross. But we, in our "enlightened" state in this 21st century, haven't only blurred those lines. We've erased them altogether. We have decided, as parents and practically all other supposed authority figures, that we should draw no such lines. We've decided that it's best to let kids make their own decisions, with no thought to the permanent negative consequences that seem to follow more and more often every day.

We have relinquished our authority, handing it over to immature, incompetent, and ignorant kids! Immature because they haven't lived long enough to mature. Incompetent because they haven't lived long enough to become competent to make good decisions. And ignorant because they haven't lived long enough to learn how serious and common those negative consequences are!

WE are killing our kids because we are not angry! We are killing our kids because we'd rather just shake our heads when someone else's kid falls prey to this vicious monster that is teen substance abuse! We are killing our kids because we won't draw those lines in the sand! We are killing our kids because we won't tell them that some things are not okay!

IT IS TIME TO GET ANGRY! It is time to reclaim our authority as parents! It is time to stand up and tell our kids what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong! It is time we demand our kids act right and make good choices! It is time to draw those lines in the sand and say, "YOU WILL NOT CROSS THIS LINE WITHOUT SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES!"

I'm tired of seeing kids die. I'm tired of watching kids ruin their lives before they even graduate high school. I'm tired of watching adults close their eyes and refuse to see what is happening to our children. I'm tired of seeing adults and authorities act as if it just doesn't matter, as if there's no way to change it or stop it.

We can change it! We just have to get angry enough that we once again draw those lines and refuse to let our kids step across them.

So, yes, it is time to get angry and save our kids' lives!

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