Unless you have been in hibernation to avoid the heat and disconnected yourself from all electronic devices and social media, you have to be wondering what is going on. The violence, lawlessness, and unrest in our country and around the world has reached unparalleled levels. We have seen examples of those who think they are above the law and others who want to take the law into their own hands. Terrorist activity has escalated. Police officers are being murdered in our streets by hate groups. While we were on vacation a police officer where we were at was murdered conducting a simple traffic stop. Often we find ourselves wondering what kind of world our children and grandchildren will grow up in.
All of us have ideas for solutions to our chaos and the answers are not found in the government or with politicians. (In fact the broken system they have created is part of the problem). Most of these problems are directly related to the breakdown of family and home. It is in the home that we should be taught respect for authority. It is in the home that we should be taught the value of every life. It is in the home that children and youth should be taught responsibility for their actions. In the home our young people should be taught there are consequences for our actions. In our homes our youth should be taught that God should be first in their lives. Unfortunately, many parents are either absent or neglectful when it comes to these responsibilities. We need fathers and mothers who will take the responsibility which comes with the birth of a child to train and teach that child and also live what they teach. Scripture clearly puts that responsibility on parents (read Deuteronomy 6).
As Christians, we have a tendency in times like this to withdraw, isolate, and pull away from all the chaos. However, the great need is for us to be bold and courageous, crying out to God strength and wisdom and for Him to intervene. In these times of chaos, we need to be the light of God showing the way in the darkness. We need to be on our knees crying out to God for help. Our homes need to be strong pillars for others to see. Take responsibility to be the example God calls all of us to be. When you do, it will impact the lives of others.