The premature death of any human being, born or unborn, sick or elderly, is always a tragic death.
With that being said, I think I need to speak to personal responsibility.
Last week I wrote a blog about all the protesting going on around our country over the deaths of three Black men, Michael Brown in Missouri, Eric Garner in New York, and Trayvon Martin in Florida. In that blog I included a video (see below) of Minister Johnathan Gentry who is calling for the Black community to change and take some personal responsibility.
Over the weekend I saw a picture, (the one posted here) and I just couldn’t believe what some people are saying and thinking. Unapologetically: If your son is robbing stores then you have to be prepared for anything. I’m not saying that robbers, of any ethnicity, should be killed but what I am saying is that nobody should be robbing stores in the first place.
Proverbs 22:6 addresses this:
Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it.
Children and young adults must be trained to respect proper authority, and to discern trouble and how to avoid it.
As Minister Gentry so aptly articulates it, we as human beings have to learn to take personal responsibility for our actions. We should be in charge of our own actions which sometimes may lead to more dire consequences when we are not wise.
Consequently, if you rob stores, or do anything unlawful, it’s foreseeable that those actions may lead to involvement with the police. As we can see, those actions can lead to death.
So young people, if you don’t want your mother to FEAR that you might die every time you rob a store, DON’T ROB A STORE.