Crime is a growing problem across our country.
In the first three months of this year, Fairfield has seen its share of criminal activity. The mischief and ill-intent of many leaves us shaking our heads in disgust and disbelief. How can someone be so cruel to shoot another human or bite off the nose of a baby? With prisons and jails being overcrowded, communities need to consider prevention rather than incarceration. What should be done to stop crime and bring our communities back to living a safe and secure life? There is an obvious answer that is permanent and has little impact on any community.
Could it be our problems began back in the early 1960s when God was thrown out of the public schools? Education is the very foundation and formulating tool in our society to shape the values, morals, and future direction of the next generation. When the teaching of man and his philosophy replaces the Biblical teaching of scripture in society, the morals and values go downward. We have replaced the God of the Bible with the god of sex, the god of money, the god of athletics and the god of Hollywood. Most Americans are more excited about Brittany Spears than knowing anything about Jesus Christ. When our role models live immoral and deviant lifestyles, the followers will naturally live the same way.
What should we do? It is time we revisit putting Christ back into the public arena. Whatever is emphasized publicly, will be parroted in private.
There needs to be a return to Biblical values where Christ is honored and lives are changed. In this writer’s limited 32-year experience, teens are vitally interested now more than ever to learn these Biblical values. There is a genuine interest in young people to find out about the Bible, Jesus, and church teaching.
Patterned before them have been tragedy and heartbreak by the role models of our society. They have seen politicians, preachers, educators, doctors, lawyers and even police officers fallen before them. There must be an anchor, a solid, life-changing foundation.
In the 21st century, let’s seek to put God back where He belongs. Bring Christ back to our schools, to our communities, to our sporting events, to our service agencies and to our homes. As this movement starts in the home, children will be taught right moral choices. The end result will be an abandonment of wrong choices that devastate homes and families. Going to church is not the magical cure but it is certainly a start in the right direction. How many people after a major tragic event have occurred in their life said, “I wished I would have gone to church. This would not have happened.”
If you want to help your society, help your community and help your family, start attending church this Sunday. Allow the Lord to work in your life. The ultimate help to juvenile delinquency and overcrowded jails is a changed heart by Jesus Christ. Let Christ change your life today.
The Rev. Rick L. Stonestreet is pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.