LC’s Commentary

Listen To The Voice of Reason

True Then, True Now

While scanning through the Book of Proverbs, I came across several verses that speak volumes to what is taking place in families all over America.  Several verses address the behavior that parents should expect of their children. Some address the consequences of bad behavior toward one’s parents.

 In chapter 10, verse 1, King Solomon coined the following: A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.  

In chapter 30, verse 17, King Solomon says; The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

In chapter 29, verse 15, King Solomon says the following: The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Reproof means to admonish, reprimand or rebuke. Think for a moment what the moral of this verse is. It plainly states that parents have at their disposal the tools necessary to instill wisdom in the child. It also makes very plain that a child left to its own vices will bring shame to the mother. I take it a step further and say the child will bring shame to Mother, family, community and self. Finally, chapter 30, verse 17 speaks of dire consequences the disobedient child faces.

It is essential that parents exercise maximum legal authority and disciplinary practices to establish and maintain the pecking order in the family. It is the parent’s right to exercise authority over the child-not the other way around.  Parents must refrain from allowing their children to make decisions that children are ill prepared to make because of immaturity, legal age questions and lack of knowledge.

The family, like any other organization, must have structure, well-defined lines of authority and rules of behavior. Along with expected behavior, the child must know the consequences of deviating from prescribed behavioral norms.  Parents, by law are responsible for the health and welfare of their offspring. They must have the level of authority necessary to carry out their responsibility.  Responsibility cannot be delegated to others. Armed with this knowledge, it is imperative that parents exercise the authority and discipline that will get the desired results.

Too often, parents cannot see the result of their inactions.  For instance, our inaction when Rap first came on the scene has resulted in our children becoming addicted to something that surely is not in their best interest. Our inactions early on, when we started seeing many of our children losing interest in school and education has resulted in  immeasurable damage to the well-being and future of many of our children, families and our community.

Parents, you, along with the community must reestablish the pecking order in homes, schools, and community. It will not reestablish itself. There is a lot of work to be done, and do it we must. No one else will do it for us. It is our problem and we are the solution.


Copyright January, 2007
This commentary written by L.C. Thornton, for The Peoples Voice Black Weekly News
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January 22, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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