Donald R. Fox
I would like to address briefly the great problem of physical, mental abuse and domestic violence. There has always been such negative and brutal behavior. It constantly bothers me when I hear the excuse, “If you come from a background of domestic violence, growing up with this abuse, the cycle continues.” To a degree, that may be true. I reject the premise that abuse must be carried on from our upbringing. It is better if young children learn to reject and abhor this violence on a common sense basis. Don’t youthful folks see kinder and gentler civilized behaviors via a personal contact with neighbors, other family members and friends? Can they observe social and loving gestures? And don’t these civil devoted acts from those around the youth teach, “This is right?”
I will acknowledge, that if one is growing up in a godless and uncivilized environment that is empty of Christian values, chances are they will be violent in order to survive. Example: How can a man mistreat a weaker woman? However, in the Muslim world, a woman can be stoned to death at the whim of men. And this is acceptable in such a society because a godless law authorized this violence.
It would seem to me, that we all have the power to reject or accept negative and violent behaviorism. I maintain that we are not born sinful creatures. Unfortunately, one can learn and practice immoral behaviors.
ALL RATIONAL PEOPLE MUST MAKE CHOICES IN THIS LIFE: Do we want to be nasty or good? Do we want to be loving and charitable? Do we want to help weaker folks or stump them? Do we want to serve the true God or serve Satan? Will we accept the Word of God, the Bible, as the truthful standard or will we do my own thing?
BY OUR OWN GOD-GIVEN VOLITION, TO TURN AWAY FROM SIN IS NEEDED: “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) (KJV) “Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive, Because he considereth and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.” (Ezekiel 18:27-28)(KJV)
THE CHRISTIAN HOME: A SOLUTION TO ABUSE
“A home that is worthy of children should be a place where affections and all family interests are centered. It should be the haven of domestic life, and a sanctuary of mutual ties in the bond of fellowship and love. It should be the training school for children loved by their parents, who teach and train them in the true meaningfulness of life, in honor of God, and respect for humanity. There is hardly any age the child cannot be trained. Even an infant accepts a degree of training very soon. Training children involves grave responsibilities for the home –responsibilities for life and destiny. One of the fundamental principles of communism is to indoctrinate the children as early in life as possible. How much more important it is to teach and train them in ways of righteousness and godliness!” (Reference: page 47, Broken Homes and Handicapped Children, by V. E. Howard)
WHOM WILL WE SERVE?
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) (KJV)