The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida has shocked the country with its brazenness and cruelty, but also with its obvious preventability. Any parent who has raised their kids with morals and values, only to see them reject those morals and values, and even Christ Himself after they’ve headed off to college, could tell you that something has been wrong in our culture for a long time now.  But now it seems as if the entire generation has lost the ability to reason, as behaviors get more and more erratic, violent, seemingly out of control. You might blame a political party, atheistic professors, ADHD or even the NRA, but the truth is that as parents, you are not helpless against this dark tide. Today’s topic is “Losing Our Kids”, but we won’t leave you without hope—we have some articles with excellent suggestions, even steps you can take toward undoing the damage and reclaiming your kids.

 

Table Talk Notes

School shootings: What is the Cause?

Lacking basic skills.

“So what has changed and more importantly how do we fix it?” Schmidt asked. “I think it is safe to say that there is no quick and easy solution.”

The sheriff stated the real solution is “obviously very complex,” but begins with “our youth lacking basic skills including respect for authority figures like parents and teachers, the ability to cope with conflict and the ability to handle rejection.” (Source)

 

Lacking Values.

60 years ago in America, were there mass murders in any high schools? Consider a parallel idea for a moment to help understand this. Hypothetically, what if there was a factory that produced widgets? 60 years ago, the factory producing those widgets operated smoothly and the widgets it produced did what they were designed to do and society was blessed by the factory through the products produced. But something changed, and sixty years later that same factory was now producing defective widgets, some of which turned out to be murderously defective and went about destroying other widgets before they completed their journey down that production line. The factory has become a menace to society. Wouldn’t a rational question be, what happened to that widget factory? Read more…

 

School shootings may get our attention, but the problem goes deeper than that.

Solutions begin in the home. This should be self-explanatory – parents need to parent the children, teaching appropriate behaviors, correcting inappropriate behavior, and teaching right from wrong. Unfortunately, too many parents are failing. If parents fail, the school system should…

 

Contributing Factors

 

Scriptures

Isaiah 38:19 | It is the living who give thanks to You, as I do today; A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.

 

Psalm 78:1-4 | Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth!2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, 3 things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

 

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 | 18 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.

 

Proverbs 22:6 | Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

 

Ephesians 6:4 | Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

 

Proverbs 13:24 | He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.

 

Proverbs 19:18 | Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death.

 

Proverbs 23:13 | Do not hold back discipline from the child; although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.

 

Proverbs 29:17 | Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will delight your soul.

 

Hebrews 12:7-11 | 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

 

Colossians 3:21 | Fathers, do not exasperate your children, lest they lose heart.