We wonder where we are going wrong with our children and why they are turning out to be so interested in doing things that endanger themselves and those around them. We should not be surprised by the actions that we see our children taking though, simply because in all likelihood, they are learning it from us, the parents! Children have always been impressionable, so when they observe prejudice behavior in us, it stands to reason that they will do the same. Considering all the poor examples that our leadership have been setting in the mosque situation at ground zero in New York, what a wonder that some teenagers were arrested for following through with much the same behavior.
The book of Psalms has shared the following, “Your thoughts, how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them, any more than I could count the sand of the sea. Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you! And please, God, do away with wickedness for good! And you murderers, out of here! All the men and women who belittle you, God, infatuated with cheap god-imitations. See how I hate those who hate you, God, see how I loathe all this godless arrogance; I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred. Your enemies are my enemies!”
When we use profanity and our children hear it, they usually end up using it. When we look for ways to get over on someone else and our children observe it, they usually do the same thing. Taking that drink or lighting that cigarette is a sign for you children that it is okay to do these things. Running that red light or speeding in a school zone, are both examples that if you do, so will your children. Displaying an act of prejudice is a clear sign to your children that they should act that way too.