As I was watching the final capture of Boston-bombings “Suspect No. 2,” the TV showed a picture of the 19-year-old boy. I could imagine his predicament: tired, scared, thirsty and hungry; so young, and surrounded by others who were necessarily willing to kill him. Why, allegedly, did he do what he did to get to that point?
The answer is that he was taught. So, I have to ask: What are we teaching our children?
Our legislators are teaching them that it is OK to borrow money with no intention of repayment. There's a word for that.
Entertainers teach them that violence and crime are sources of amusement. Our government says it is legally OK to terminate a human life in its mother's womb.
And our schools? I don't know what they are teaching. But I do know they are not teaching our children about God or religion. In effect, the wisdom of the ages has been banned from our schools.
Parents and churches seem to be the last refuges of truth and moral training. But how many children grow up with two parents these days?
Despite all of this, the truth is a stubborn thing. I guess that's why I am still an optimist.
The first step in solving a problem is knowing you have one. If we are going to teach our children properly, we need to start today by praying for the wisdom we are lacking, and by doing what each of us can to stand up for the truth. The cost of failing is just too high.
Richard J. Krauland
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