I used to firmly believe we needed God back in schools, but now I believe we need Godliness back in our homes. Schools are responsible for educating, protecting, and instilling discipline in our kids. It is a parent’s moral obligation to exemplify and instill moral values and character. Bullying, murder, rape, inappropriate touching, sexual attacks, and vicious and maligning speech or social media activity are the products of parents who have not instilled respect of self or others. While I acknowledge sometimes kids are just mean no matter what the parents are like or try to instill, I firmly believe to blame God not being in schools is a copout. It is an excuse for parents to make so that they don’t have to change or take responsibility for their own or their kid’s actions.
I have to ask…..What kind of example are you setting for your kids? Fathers are you respectful to all women and girls? Are you respectful to your wives so your daughters expect no less from their male friends? Do you treat your daughter with respect and gentleness? Do you teach your sons to respect, listen and obey when a girl says “No”? Do you teach your children to be respectful of everyone no matter their skin color, race, religion, gender, politics, or sexual orientation? Are you an example of courage to be a voice for the voiceless? When you see someone being bullied do you intervene, laugh along, or worse join in on the bullying?
Moms do you allow yourself to be bullied or are you a bully yourself? Do you gossip viciously about your friends, neighbors, or family? What kind of example are you setting for your children? Do you go out of your way to do “the right thing”? What kind of TV or cinema do you allow your children to watch? Moms do you encourage your sons to be gentlemen? Are they taught to protect and defend those who cannot do so themselves? Are you the same person within your home as you are outside your home? Are you consistently honest and truthful even when it’s difficult to do so?
These are all important questions, as many will determine your children’s moral character and value system when they are tried, and they will be tried.
The term “Godliness” turns off or scares a lot of people, as they think of it in a negative light for many different reasons. When I use “Godliness” I’m talking about it as a Universal Rule that transcends all religions and belief systems. It simply says, “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” It is often referred to as The Golden Rule.
When our children are morally bankrupt it is not that God needs to be back in schools, it is Godliness needing to be placed back in our homes and hearts. In doing so you will raise children who love and respect themselves and others. We will see the numbers of murders, rapes, assaults, bullying, and suicides diminish in great numbers if we can all care enough to do this one thing. I pray for our kids’ sake we can.
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