And when he is old he will not depart from it.
To educate a man in the mind and not in morals is to create a menace to society.
There was a young girl tragically killed in an automobile accident a few years ago. She was riding with her father, when a drunk driver struck their car injuring him and killing her.
The drunk driver was 17. I knew him. While he was in school the teachers and parents never really disciplined him when he was bad. Perhaps it was because he was always getting in trouble and they grew tired of trying to get him to change. I kept on him and told him if he didn’t start changing his ways, one day he would be wearing an orange jumpsuit, riding in the back of a car. The boy probably hated me as I never let him slide and constantly told him about his behavior.
When I heard of the accident I felt terrible.
How many people gave up on him? How many people started hoping that one day he would get his? What would they have done differently if they knew that him “getting his” would mean the death of a 12-year-old girl?
Proverbs 29:17 tells us,
Correct your son, and he will give you rest;
Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
Our responsibility, as adults and Christians, is to prepare our children and their friends for real life. To make them understand that there are consequences for their actions. We gain nothing when we turn a blind eye to bad or destructive behavior.
It seems that what was once unacceptable is now the norm, and we as a society are spiraling toward a time when everything will be acceptable, except the message of Jesus Christ.
When it comes to our young people was must not be afraid to tell them what they are doing is wrong. When they roll their eyes and ask, “Why?” We cannot be afraid to say because the Bible says so. Many will know what the Bible is, but not what is inside and that could be your opportunity to share the Gospel and deliver some “Good News” into someone’s life.
We cannot give up and hope that someone will eventually, “Learn their lesson.” Possibly with disastrous results for some innocent bystander.
We must remain committed to our young people even when they frustrate us. Do not just shake your head and wait for someone else to put him, or her, on the proper path.
Chasten your son while there is hope,
And do not set your heart on his destruction.