by Jamila A. Grant Davis
All of you have seen the news or read in the newspaper about the recent flash mob attacks. Young people, as young as eleven years old, are physically and verbally attacking innocent people. When asked why they are doing this, many of the youth are replying that they are bored or because it is fun.
What is happening to our youth? Why are they so apathetic to human suffering and often full of rage? I believe it is the absence of the role that Faith has traditionally played in the black community specifically, and the entire world as a whole. When Faith is absent, that affects parenting, that affects the family structure, and that also affects mental and emotional peace.
Our Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ has been a sustaining part of the fabric of our culture as African Americans. Our Faith, when activated, holds families together, helps raise children, and sets the standards for everything; from how we dress to how we speak.
The Word says that “These evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to worship them, shall even be like this girdle or waistcloth, which is profitable for nothing,” Jeremiah 13:10 AMP. We have turned away from God and turned away from our traditions. We cannot put more value in clothes, cars, jewelry, video games, and money than we put in God, personal relationships, kindness, peace, and love. There are some vital things we need to get back to.
This is the first generation of children who were not “made” to go to church, not “made” to have a “curfew”, and not “made” to follow rules. We need to set boundaries for our children, and even for ourselves. In order to save our children, it starts with us. We have to teach them about God, give them structure, inform them of the consequence to their actions, provide discipline, and most importantly, we as adults have to model what it means to be truly Saved.
We have to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk! We have to let God into our hearts, our families, our finances, and every area of our life. It’s not too late, we can start today!
About the Author
Jamila A. Davis, formerly Jamila Grant, was born in Portland, Oregon in 1977. In 1995, Jamila began attending The Ohio State University, where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Interpersonal Communication, and a Minor in Fashion Merchandising/Textiles and Clothing. Since 1999, Jamila has been working in the fields of Public Relations, Marketing, and Communications, and currently is the Assistant for Membership Development/Strategic Evangelism for Bright Hope Baptist Church.
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church is the place where she met her husband, Sharrod Davis. They married in March of 2009. Jamila became a step-mother to three boys, ranging in ages 4-11. Jamila is loving and devoted to her family and friends, and is constantly striving to grow deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ. One of her favorite scriptures is Romans 8:37-39 (King James Version)
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