America’s young people are being sold short, and with tragic results.
All of us are concerned about youthful delinquency, about a “lost” and “beat” generation, but wherever such is the case it is we of the older generation who must share the blame. Juvenile delinquency is a national menace but of even greater concern is that large group of decent young people who are looking at life aimlessly, so far not involved in crime, but without those moral and spiritual standards and restraints which are a vital part of Christian character.
We are letting these young people down in multiplied ways and the harvest of their neglect will be reaped in the years which lie just ahead.
They are being let down in our homes whenever the place where we live becomes just a house, and not a home. Parents have no right to expect more of their children than they themselves contribute towards their moral and spiritual upbringing. Parental delinquency begets youthful delinquency, and the economic and social standing of a family has nothing to do with it. Neither money nor social prestige is a substitute for right values, nor do the social graces do more than veneer a life devoid of spiritual perception.
Young people are being let down in our schools wherever the imparting of knowledge is considered an end in itself. Not for nought does the Bible tell us that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” An analysis of the curricular and extra-curricular activities of most schools today, be they high schools, colleges or universities—secular or church-related, indicates that the overwhelming majority of our young people are receiving an education completely divorced from God and His Word. In many places we are confronted by the tyranny of an infinitesimal ...1
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