In a nutshell…..

So here it is, summed up nice and neat.

About 70 years ago in the United States, mom and dad took responsibility for teaching their sons and daughters about virtue. They did it by example and stories. They spent quality time growing character in their children. Then one day, mom and dad got really busy so they decided to let the school teach virtue. The only problem was that the school was neither prepared nor willing to teach virtue. So teaching virtue disappeared for the most part, and the young were left with a gaping hole in their characters that beckoned to be filled.

In a nutshellAs we all know, nature abhors a vacuum, so in crept the worlds media messages to fill the hearts and souls of our kids.

The world taught the kids that life was about transactional love. Money, athletic skills, sexual conquest, good looks, fast cars and nice houses. Now we all know that this is a recipe for disaster and the disaster has occurred. No matter how much we don’t want to believe it. Sitting in every classroom in every school in the nation are kids who use alcohol and drugs, are sexually promiscuous, cut themselves, are criminals, are pregnant, have STD’s, contemplate suicide, bully others, you name it! Our kids are bleeding from these multi-generational (most of their parents are as bad if not worse) wounds.

So what can we do about it? We can offer kids the fruits of virtue every opportunity we get. We can teach them about virtue by leading by example. We can educate them about virtue. We can read them stories and parables about virtue. We need to take advantage of the two arena’s where kids focus their attention away from their high tech devices and look you in the eye. I think these are sports (the secular religion of America), and school assemblies (real live face to face entertainment). Let’s come up with creative ways to use these two times to teach virtue and heal the characters of our youth.

Like I said, it took about 70 years with a lack of virtue education to get to where we are today. It is going to take some time to get that ground back.

Are you with us?