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CLARITY – 3-24-18 The Formation of Character


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-24-18


The Formation of Character


What’s Happening:  “Today, the ‘March For Our Lives,’ protesting the violence that erupted in Parkland, Florida, is supposed to draw nearly a million (and many more in the 80 cities that are supposed to hold similar marches Saturday). Teenagers in the D.C. area daily confront violence, though deaths by violent means are down in 2017 ( ‘I would say seven or eight kids I knew from 8th grade are dead,’ guesses sophomore Myles Nelson, of Edmund Burke School.”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “What’s wrong with kids wanting less violence in their schools?”


Biblical Response:  “Nothing….it’s all in how you go about it. Teenagers have unreasonable expectations when they want less violence but spend more time with violent video games than their homework. It was the student’s (mentioned above) school namesake Edmund Burke who famously said, :’Education has for its object the formation of character.’


GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) is a familiar concept in the computer world. It refers to the immutable truth that the input governs the output. It’s great to march and all, but until teenagers want less violence enough to turn off the violence on their screens, it’s not going to happen…or is that the parents’ job?”


“Christians?  Oh, we’re all for developing good character. Two scriptures come to mind. The first reflects an obvious truth: ‘As a man thinks in his heart, so is he’ (Prov. 17:6) And the second recommends a proper course of behavior and association: ‘Bad company corrupt good morals’ (1 Cor. 15:33). Of course, those quotes are taken from a book the public schools have banned.”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us through this challenge to our emotions; while we want to find a cure to a violent society, help us to not just pursue those means which will only make us feel better about the problem; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent


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