Okay folks, I am going spiritual and philosophical on you. Well, maybe. Sort of. You get the idea. In my works with the school system, I have made a friendship with a man who is paid by the school district and is the court liaison between the school district and the courts. Any students arrested on or off campus and have court appearances, he is there to bridge the information gap for the judge, State Attorney and the Public Defender. His info is vital for judges when they sentence kids. He has a long track history of working with troubled kids as a social worker, probation officer and now court liaison. The man knows kids.
The other day, we were talking in my office and we were discussing several kids that we knew were always in court and on probation. We discussed our theories on why the kids act the way they do. We talked about how it all comes back to home life. The more parents separate themselves from their moral duties to guide their children, the more it seems government or schools try to pick up the pieces. What is wrong with this picture?
This court liaison friend of mine said he began his career 25 years ago running a home for at risk youth. He said he came up with every reason it was someone elses fault the kids wasnt being a productive citizen. He blamed the teachers, police, counselors, judges, and everyone else he could name. He said to me one day he realized that he was making excuses for the kids and that the root of all the issues was that the kids were not accepting responsibility for their actions and the parents failed to teach consequences.
I am truly thankful to my Heavenly Father for having loving parents (although not perfect) that snatched a knot in my head when I stepped out of line. Who also loved me and supported me in sports, scouts,etc. As I have 4 children myself all under the age of 7, I know the pressure is on me to teach them correct principles and to let them govern themselves. Of course this “governing” is very limited to age proper “governing: if you catch my drift. As they increase in maturity and so forth I will loosen my “parental grip.”
Through my religious and Christian upbringing I know that the family unit is the most important thing on the face of the earth. Parents have moral obligations to raise productive citizens. Governments have moral obligations as well to make sure that the laws support the parents in these endeavors. There is a lot more I would like to explain. However, I have a document that I have copied and pasted below that explains what I truly believe is the cause of societies ills today. I hope you all enjoy it. If some of you really do enjoy it and respond to this post, I will mail you a copy of this document on certificate paper/stock and you can frame it and place it on your wall as I have done. This document is just that important. In fact, I believe tha this is one of the most important documents in our time. Especially in a time where morals are declining everyday. Sometimes when things get so bad and when society’s moral compass is so clouded and broken, you have to restate the fundamental principles that this great country was founded upon. This document is entitled, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
Here it is below:
The Family: A Proclamation to the World
The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalms 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Understand this,we can catch the world’s most wanted fugitives, we can have the most arrests, we can be the best in our in service training, but it don’t mean a hill of beans if we don’t take care of our moral obligations to our families. Our true success lies in our marriage, our roles as fathers and mothers and the rearing of God-fearing children with a clear and strong moral compass who can be a light in the dark world we live in.
I plan on giving a framed copy of this declaration to my court liaison buddy. I have given away many as gifts. I feel so strongly about its contents that I feel that everyone should have one hanging in their homes as a reminder of who were are and what we are to become after this life.
If this discussion offends some, I hope you can find the real message behind this post. We are in a sinking world, and evil world all around us. Police everywhere can see clearly as I do, how wicked this world is becoming. Just pick up a newspaper or search the local google news, you can find all the evil going in th world today. While we are yet police serving and protecting our communities, we must also be vigilant in protecting and nurturing those in our own families.
Take care of yourselves and those you hold dear. As you walk the warriors path, I pray that you may take time to teach those who are a little weaker, and those who need to have their moral compass “realigned.” We are sometimes the only good in our communities. Let’s be Christlike in all we do and lead others to live a moral and honest life. To sum this all up here is a quote I heard long ago. “No Other Success Can Compensate for Failure in the Home.” (I am stepping off my soap box now).