Graphic Beating Raises Cultural Concerns

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“The windmilling fists and stomping feet rain down blows on the 13-year-old boy,” reports CNN.

“Trapped on the floor between the bus seats, he cries out as he receives fierce punch after vicious kick from the three bigger, older youths.”

The video just surfaced yesterday.  It’s stunning. Shocking.  And frightening.  St   Petersburg, Florida,  bus driver, John Moody, called dispatcher and yelled, You gotta get somebody here quick, quick, quick, quick. They’re about to beat this boy to death over here.”

“Please get somebody here quick. There’s still doing it,” he adds. “There’s nothing I can do.”  Moody told WFLA TV that he  was “petrified” and “feared for (his) life.”

Apparently the  13-year-old told officials at their dropout prevention school that one of the older boys had tried to sell him drugs.  Thus prompting the assault.  The viciousness of the attack left the victim with two black eyes and a broken arm.

Tuesday Greg Gutfeld,  co-host of Fox’s “The Five,” commented on this in his monologue on yesterday’s show.  In part, he said: 

As our leaders focus on outside threats our insides rot, thank to the triumph of feelings over values.  We’ve witnessed  decades of crumbling families accomplished by explosive juvenile delinquency. 

Free love begets free pain–hence the bus video.  While shocking, it is but a symptom of a culture that forgets consequences, choosing immediate gratification over long-term familial  commitment.   

The new job figures for teens are tragic, showing that four in ten don’t work. How did that happen?  And where does that lead?  Apparently to stomping a kid on a bus…Decades ago work wasn’t about status, but about pride.  Without work life had no meaning.   

The fundamental cause of our dying society  is the steady elimination of our financial and spiritual necessity for work of any kind.  It is the corrosive belief some work is just not that cool.  We mock the bottom run because it’s beneath us.  So teens shun work, sell drugs and appropriate a lifestyle glamorized as superior to the McDonalds counter.

There are several excellent thoughts in Gutfeld’s commentary.  But consider these three.

(1) Act based on right values instead of misguided feelings.  Feelings are fleeting.  Feelings are deceptive.  Misleading.  And often misguided.  The Bible warns “there is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov. 14:12).

While we may not resort to pummeling someone who wronged us, responding with angry words, malicious actions, or hurtful deeds violates the second commandment and the golden rule.  Vengeance belongs to God.  Not us.  Following Jesus example will result in doing good instead of restoring to evil acts. 

(2) When the family unit is destroyed, problems abound.  Godly values are not taught.  Children grow up without positive role models.  And chaos ensues.  And this is not just in the inner city, or in homes with a single parent.  It may come from “Christian homes” where Jesus is not honored, values are not modeled, and the Bible is not taught.

(3) Work is more than an economic necessity, it involves a spiritual component.  The Bible says a lot about work. It’s God’s will that we work.  Work is honorable.   And work honors Him when it’s honest.  Fervent.  And diligent.  Laziness is condemned.  Hurts society.  And harms us spiritually.

Sadly we will probably see more violent attacks from younger people unless we can reverse the trend that ignores fundamental spiritual percepts.  Instruct your kids with godly values.  Keep your family together.   And teach them the virtue of work.

No doubt many other principles are needed, but these three are a good place to start.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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5 responses to “Graphic Beating Raises Cultural Concerns

  1. julie davidson

    thanks so much for posting this shocking story on your blog, Bro. Ken…really makes ya think…have a JOYOUS day! in His love, Julie

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  2. Amy

    Ken,
    I heard just a bit about this incident on the radio, so I’m glad to see your analysis of it. It saddens me, but doesn’t surprise me. We are living in a post-Christian society, so the benefits of living in our Judeo-Christian society will fade. How do we start to even fix it? Only by turning to Jesus and living for Him, and teaching our children about Him.

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  3. Larry Hafley

    Because many whites have beaten individual blacks in the past, we must now allow blacks to beat individual whites. Because President Andrew Jackson and General Custer led armed militia raids against innocent American Indian (Native American) villages, we should arm Indian reservations in the southwest and allow them to attack subdivisions in off-site areas of their state.  I mean, after all….   

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  4. Neva Mullins

    Where is the outrage from the general media? They sure came alive about George Zimmerman. I believe the leadership of our country helps to set the moral standards of our society. We had 8 yrs of Clinton and saw his sorry example of conduct. Now we have had 5 yrs of Obama & his acceptance of homosexuality and deep rooted Muslim leanings. God is our only answer to combat all of this. We must keep our courage and hold on to our faith. Don Mullins

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