Where have all the Children gone?

Discussion in 'Youth Forum' started by Lone Wolf, Jun 28, 2001.

  1. Lone Wolf

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    "Where have all the Children gone?" This is a question I ask myself before I enter my Sunday School Class each Sunday. It seems that each time I enter the room full of 5 and 6 graders that they have learned more about sex and violence then I ever did at their age. The age of innocence has seemingly disappeared in the wave of immorality that is bombarding America's children every day. It is currently estimated that less than 20% of all Children who currently attend church will continue to do so after they grow up and leave home. It is estimated that an even smaller percentage of our youth who are not reached in their youth will attend church after leaving home. By the time that the average child has turned 18, he or she has witnessed countless murders on the television. We all agree that the parents play a part in all of this. However, we must also lay blame upon the Church. Many Churches have little or no Evangalism outreach. Many Youth Groups in churches are designed merely as a distraction for the youth. Biblical principals and values are not being taught to the youth today. My generation, which is quickly approaching it's turn to lead the country, is devoid of character and morals. Our Christian Schools which are supposed to be safe havens for our children, are often nothing more than a public school that teaches the Bible. Why has this come about? I submit to you that there are 3 culprits at blame.
    1) The Parents
    The Parents which are supposed to be role models for the children have abandoned them. They have ignored a precious gift from God, and will soon pay the consequences. The Parents, who should have taught their children character, have become more concerned with being their child's friend. The Parents, who should have taught morals, have allowed the television to play teacher. Parents no longer discipline their children, rather allowing them to do as they please. They set no boundaries, no limits, and ultimately teach that child that they should do "what is right in their own eyes."

    2) The Church. The Church is the second culprit in this tribunal. The Church no longer has any evangalistic zeal, it has lost it's fire, and for that will soon pay the price. They have abandoned many, for the sake of the few. They are more concerned with keeping current members, than with getting new ones. The Church provides a youth group, but it is little more than a daycare or such. Finneyism has invaded the Church, bringing with it apathy, and coldheartedness. The Church is supposed to assist the Parents in bringing up their children, but has abandoned that. And yet, we wonder why our Churches seem to be dying.

    3) Hollywood. Hollywood has invaded our culture, bringing with it lessons on sex, violence, lying, stealing. They create a "good guy" who has no morals, no consience, and no character. They insist that they do not cause violence, and yet, one cannot prove or disprove that they do. But do they desensetize us to violence? Yes. And yet, we allow the filth to invade our homes. The dirty jokes brought by today's comedians, the music which sings about killing and drugs and sex, the movies which are the same. Hollywood, although not deserving as much blame as The Parents and The Church, still shoulders huge responsibility.

    Where have all the Children gone? Can we get them back? Absolutely. The Bible tells us that God says: "If my people...will humble themselves...I will heal their land"

    Lone Wolf
     
  2. Bob Landis

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    You forgot to mention the public schools that are the "parents" of most kids now that teach all this filth that they are learning. :eek:
     
  3. Hunter

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    I to wonder where all the Children are, but when I visit their homes I find out real quick where they are. Often times these little ones are out on the streets while mom and dad are at work or at play. It is a sad state that we are in here in the good old U.S.A. :eek:
     
  4. i_love_ducati

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    I cant say I know where other Christian kids learned it from. But i learned all about it at elementry school. Its pretty sad. But when i got out of my Christian home, i was too young to want to stand up as a Christian, so i just went with the flow. And thats all that people wanted to talk about then. And a lot of the violence comes from TV and movies and so forth. I think what makes it so influencial, is the guy doing all the killing, is always portrayed as the cool guy. The guy that all the little guys look up to. I think the only way to do anything about it is be a good role model to your children, and be open with that sort of stuff. Dont totally ignore that fact that little boys, like little girls. Cause the less they learn in a Godly way from Parents, the more they learn in other ways. So be open and pray.
     
  5. soldier4christ

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    I think public schools have made kids aware earlier of violence and other things you talked about. If you do go to public school you have to remember not to go with the crowd but to stick close to Jesus. I have been in public school since I started going to school and now I am in my freshmen year. I think Christian schools are great, but we also must think "what would happen to all of the lost souls in the public schools if the Christians wern't there to tell them about Jesus?" [​IMG]
     
  6. Brother Adam

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    Hi Soldier4Christ,

    I like the stance you take on Christians in public schools. I see you are new here- would you mind introducing yourself in the welcome forum? Thanks!

    Until Next Post, Adam
     
  7. myreflection26

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    I wouldn't put the blame on teaching violence on schools. I would put it on the violent movies, video games and such that are all over the place. Not every kid that young just goes with the flow though, I know many children who are taking stands for Jesus and soldiers sounds like you are one of them...good job!!

    Sue
     
  8. Margie Kritzer

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR> what would happen to all of the lost souls in the public schools if the Christians wern't there to tell them about Jesus<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> (Thanks to Soldier4Christ)

    My sentiments exactly, that is why I am teaching at a public middle school. Who would be there if I weren't? Against whom am I protecting myself if I leave? What if one of those lost souls stayed lost because I escaped to private school? Do private school students necessarily stay more innocent?

    I take exception to the theory that public schools are responsible for teaching children about violence. For example, violence can be viewed from any TV in any home. Children also bring what they learn at home to school. I have an opportunity to show those children another way to express themselves. I consider this a necessary challenge.
     

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