Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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August 17, 2013

O is for Obedience

Proverbs 5:13: “I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!”

Oh, the act of obedience. To obey is an act of submission, and society in general has a problem with being submissive. Maybe it is a lack of understanding what submission really means, or maybe a person grew up in a family where a parent or guardian was gung-ho about everyone walking the line all of the time, and when one didn’t, they were punished.

More times than we like to think, some children have been abused instead of corrected when they did not obey a parent. We have seen that very thing right here in our community with the sad death of a youngster several months ago.

To be sure, obedience is very important in our lives. It’s what keeps our society civil. The laws of our states and, I can speak for Texas and Indiana, require a child to, “Obey the lawful commands of their parents.”

While working in juvenile services in law enforcement, I have seen so many children come through the system end up incarcerated, and their lives take a path that many times will direct them to a life of criminal activity which often spills over into adulthood.

The city where I worked in Texas had two full time juvenile officers. One day we were purging the files of those who had turned 17 years of age because whatever crimes they would be caught doing would be handled in the adult system.

We came across one file of the oldest of seven sons of one family. We had handled every one of the boys except for the youngest who was about six years of age. Wouldn’t you know it, a few days later there sits the youngest in our office.

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