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Wednesday April 5th, 2017
Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.
Colossians 3:21, NLT
Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

Several years ago, Who’s Who Among American High School Students® surveyed 5,000 high achieving high school students. The 1,957 surveys that were returned had some startling revelations. Among them:

  • one in five of the females had been a victim of a sexual assault,

  • forty-two percent of the males have access to firearms,

  • more than half reported frequent fights between students,

  • one third had considered suicide,

  • eighty percent said cheating was common at their schools,

  • seventy-eight percent admitted to cheating themselves.

Remember, these are high achieving students—the kind chosen to appear in Who’s Who. They aren’t non-achievers, under-achievers, or dropouts.

Although those statistics are appalling, we shouldn’t be surprised by them. Consider the role models today’s teenagers have had: a steady stream of politicians, on every level of government, caught, indicted, and convicted of criminal activity; scores of university athletic programs and their coaches slapped with sanctions by the NCAA for recruiting violations and other unethical practices; business executives and bankers exposed for conning the public and defrauding stockholders; doctors ripping off patients and insurance companies; contractors overcharging the government; lawyers chasing ambulances and filling courts with phony suits; ministers misusing funds from sincere believers; scientists faking research data; professional athletes and team owners greedily lining their pockets; crooked police and judges; and married adults cheating on their spouses as they move from fling to affair. Add to this the garbage and gutter values spewed forth from TV programs, movies, music, and their stars, and it’s no wonder that the values of our kids have eroded so much.

The solution is not with more government programs, grants, or studies. The answer lies in the American home. We must place a priority on marriage and family, and parents must take responsibility for their children again. Face it, we cannot trust anyone else to instill the proper values. And we should not expect the schools to do the job.

Instead of investing in our careers, we must invest in our kids’ lives. Instead of working hard today so we can retire in ease tomorrow, we should make time for our children today so there will be a tomorrow. Instead of looking to the lottery, politicians, or social workers for help, we should turn our focus back to God.

Let’s not lose this generation.
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