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CLARITY – 11-9-18 I Know What He Suffers From

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-9-18

I Know What He Suffers From

 

What’s Happening: “As a former Scoutmaster, I’m familiar with 11-year olds’ creativity…the boy in the article for which I provided a link…well, his actions go way beyond that. The police were called out to chase down the family SUV as an 11-year old was acting out for his Mom taking away his playstation. Apparently, this is the second time he has done this and last time the charges were dismissed…this time he crashed into a parked truck; he was treated and released (https://www.yahoo.com/news/11-old-ohio-boy-takes-180003214.html). Inside Edition reported the police say he suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder), bipolar disorder and oppositional defiant disorder.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sound like a psychologists’ diagnosis.”

 

Biblical Response:  “It may have been…but naming something is just knowing what the treatment ‘should’ be…assuming the diagnosis is right…and I’m not sure of that. Maybe ‘the board of education’ should have gotten involved, if you know what I mean. Sometimes a visit to the woodshed can forestall a visit to the prison. Of course, I’m not a doctor and I don’t know fully the particular situation.”

 

Christians? We’re outdated when it comes to child discipline…the Bible teaches corporal punishment, especially for children (Prov. 13:24) and discipline (2 Tim. 1:7; Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:12; Rev. 3:19), both of which are no longer politically correct. Oh well, sow the wind, reap the whirlwind (Hos. 8:7). Sure, it’s easier to allow tech and games to babysit our kids, but we’ll end up paying for it in the end. Pity that the kids will pay, too.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, forgive the self-centeredness that makes us pursue our own pleasure at the expense of our kids; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 7-26-18 Like Father Like Son

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 7-26-18

 

Like Father Like Son

 

What’s Happening:  “A boy, 10, was held to the ground by officers when he lunged at police in an emotional outburst at his father’s arrest on a domestic violence call in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia. Authorities, promising transparency, released the body cam’s video which seems to corroborate an earlier video shot from a different perspective and that went viral (https://www.yahoo.com/news/body-cam-captures-boy-10-pinned-police-dad-arrested-033527909.html). ‘He didn’t shoot nobody,” the boy yelled.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Excessive force may have been used.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, lack of sufficient force by the parents may be the cause in the first place. Is it natural to want to defend your father? Of course. It is also natural to want to defend your mother…unless you have been programmed that there is nothing wrong with  a man beating up on a woman. Maybe the father needs to retake that class on Parenting 101.”

 

“Christians? We are quick to defend kids, when they might need good parents in the first place. Is some discipline excessive. Yes, sadly…and administered in anger. But all discipline is not bad. In fact, it’s a proof of love (Heb. 12:5-6). Is discipline unpleasant? Yes (Heb. 12:11)…or it’s not discipline. However, a little unpleasantness now, may forestall more later.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us all to take the time to act…not react. Give us the wisdom not to overreact, either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent