Eli's sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD. (1 Samuel 2:12 NIV)
All my life I have heard stories about "preacher's kids", children of those in the ministry. There are those who say they know "PKs" who often turn out as bad kids. I cannot say that is true with the preacher's kids I have known. In fact, they have always been extremely well-behaved. I do recognize the tremendous pressure that is on children whose parents are in the ministry, since everyone expects them to be perfect.
There is a Biblical example of some bad preacher's kids. Eli, who was actually a great man of God, had some wayward children. His boys were contemptible in God's sight. They defiled the women who served at the temple, they stole offerings, and they showed no respect to their father. Their sin, and the lack of discipline Eli provided, led to the downfall of his ministry and the death of the two sons. We wouldn't have expected such kids from a man God used as greatly as He used Eli, would we?
Recently I received a very good email from a reader of Mustard Seed. She was passing along some frustration shared with her about the attention to crime given to the African-American community. The point was that the media tends to focus on the ills of this one segment of our population, making it seem as if all the drug problems, all the property crimes, and all the killings of young people are coming from this group of people. Statistically speaking, however, there are more problems in the traditional "white" neighborhoods, even among the so-called "wealthy". Problems among youth, in other words, are certainly not limited to one ethnic or social group. Your family is no more susceptible or immune from problems than mine is.
While I do believe we have a problem with the lack of constructive attention and training fathers are giving to their children, the major problems facing our youth today are no different than the problems facing our nation and world. We are captivated by a plague that is draining our moral structure. The plague has been around for thousands of years. The plague is called sin. We face a sin problem. It is not unique among nationalities, denominations, or cultural groups. It is very real, and it threatens the life of every person.
There is only one cure. The accepted blood of Jesus completely destroys every trace of this plague. Through our faith in Christ, we are more than conquerors. We are healed by the power of Christ's righteous act, done for us on the cross. This cure is needed among all people of all colors, black, white, brown, red, yellow and tan. Thankfully God's love is color blind. It is available to all, equally, because of His mercy and grace.
This world's best hope, for ALL people, is Jesus!
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