We are raising up three God-fearing, wonderful, respectful, kind young men. We are doing everything in our power to guide them into becoming loving, productive Christian young men. We teach them right from wrong according to the Bible. We do our best to set an example of Christ-like living. We teach them to pray, to ask for and give forgiveness, to work hard, to be a good friend, to care about people, to show God's love. We go to the extent of monitoring television, movies, all technology, we homeschool, we attend church twice a week, we pray and read the Bible as a family, all to maintain a very high standard of value's and moral's. We are doing the best we can to raise our children up into who God intends them to be.
That being said there is one thing that, like it or not, we have to take into consideration, especially as they grow into young men. They are black, yes they are also white, but they will be classified by most people who "see" race as being black. Last night the announcement was made that the police officer Darren Wilson, who shot 12 times and killed, eighteen year old young black male Mike Brown, would not be indicted. Yes Mike Brown committed a crime and resisted arrest, however he was unarmed and put his hands up to show submission and was still shot 12 times! Yes he put himself in this situation. But don't we all make mistakes? I know I did, and I know many other people who did, especially when they were young. We're still here. This seems to be the trend though, that if a young black man makes a bad choice and winds up in an encounter with the police, it is very likely that they may end up dead.
So yes we are doing our best to raise up three strong, Godly young men. God help us as a nation to do something so that I don't have to be concerned that they may face adversity solely because of the color of their skin.
If only we saw the world like this...
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.