An Open Letter to President Obama About Parenting A Nation

sasha:maliaobamaDear Mr. President,

What would happen in your family if Sasha ended up buying some music on iTunes that she should not buy? What would happen if she ended up purchasing some music with the explicit red warning sign by it? Michelle and yourself had trusted her with her iTunes card, you feel like you warned her about what she could and could not listen to, and she knew what was expected of her. Basically, what happened is that you trusted her, and she betrayed your trust?

I am sure you would discipline her in some form or fashion. Would you ban her from iTunes? Would you take her account away? Would you take the iTunes card back? It would be interesting to know.

What would be more interesting to know is what would you do to Malia. What punishment would she receive for the actions of Sasha? Does Malia keep her iTunes account? What about her iTunes card you gave her? Most importantly, does she keep her iPod or her iPhone?

You see Mr. President, on December 14th,2012, Adam Lanza, who was one of your national children, did something stupid. He disobeyed the rules. He deserved punishment, discipline, and correction. However, he did not stay around for any of it. He took the easy way out. He was a coward. Yes, he was confused, warped, and could have been a poster child for a decaying section of a generation in America. However, Adam Lenza does not represent all your American children.

While you were growing up, did any of your siblings do something stupid that you got blamed for or punished for? Have you ever suffered the consequence of someone else’s wrongdoing? How did it make your feel? President Obama, I believe the rest of your children in America feel we are getting punished for our sibling’s stupidity. We feel you want to take away what you rightfully trusted us with at one time and what we have been trustworthy with. We feel you are taking gifts our grandparents gave us because one person did something horribly wrong . He was a person who represented less than one percent of the rest of us.

lostsheepI remember Jesus telling a parable about one lost sheep in Luke 15. The shepherd left the ninety-nine sheep to go after the one lost sheep, which was a moving gesture of love and character. He did not condemn the ninety-nine, barricade them into submission, or scold them with threats about if they ran of too. He simply trusted them as He went to look for the one lost sheep.

Mr. President, I believe you have gone after the wrong sheep. We all feel we are being punished for the offense of one. The majority of us are in the fold and doing what right. We feel we are being punished for the one that ran off. Please don’t make the mistake of punishing Malia for Sasha’s wrong doing.

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:4-5

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Sandy Hook Shooting Newtown, Connecticut… Analyzing A Troubled 20 Year Old

Connecticut School ShootingAs our nation mourns and heals from the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut we are bombarded with the question, “What can we do to avoid this ever happening again?” The most popular vibe will be gun control. We will ask why this young man was so angry and crazed to kill his own mother and the children at this school. This young man’s divorced parents have already been observed on the news. The fact that he felt crazed to kill the children too… points to the fact that there was some form of resentment or hatred towards what this class represented. This situation will be analyzed for years. The bottom line is that this leaves us numb and without real answers.

Adam Lanza was twenty years old. That means he was born around 1992. What happened in this young man’s life between 1992-2012 that would cause him to go off the deep end? Was he indulged too much? Was he resentful towards a working mom that he felt valued her class over him? Did money play a part of this? We may never know the answer to these questions.

The fact is that we are seeing this more and more. We are also seeing this from people who look like normal people, like people we see everyday. President Obama’s speech on December 14th, 2012 made reference of putting politics aside and stopping behavior like this, as if we can police this. The fact is that we really have little control over the drug war in America, the drunk drivers killing others, or crazed gunmen going on a killing spree. So who are you going to blame? Are you going to blame a lack of gun control, the rise of divorce, working moms, video games, society in general, or television? What is interesting is that President Obama gave the answer to all the above in his speech but one would have to be a keen listener to have heard it.

At the end of President’s Obama’s speech he said, “May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.” There is your answer! Who is the One who heals and binds up wounds? Do you know what he was quoting? Yes the Bible, but more specifically? It was Psalm 147:3. President Obama may not know where this Old Testament scripture is fulfilled but it is fulfilled in the Person of Jesus (Luke 4:18). He is our answer. He was the answer Adam Lanza’s issue. It’s interesting that the name Adam means man because Jesus is the answer to mankind. America can keep on policing everything from elementary schools to the middle east but until we look to the One who controls the heart, we will continue seeing tragedies like this and we will keep on asking. “Why?”barackobamaschoolshootingspeechap_296

Today, make the commitment to become a Christ follower. Admit you are a sinner and need Christ (Romans 3:23). Understand that Jesus loves you and died for your sins (Romans 5:8 & John 3:16). Realize Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Ask Him to be your Lord (boss) and Savior today. You do this through prayer, which is talking to God.

You can pray something like: God, thank You for sending Jesus to die for me on the cross. I realize I am a sinner and that I need forgiveness that only Your Son can provide. I ask that He would save me, cleanse me, and make me His follower and Your child. Thank You for loving me this much to do this. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Now… Please get involved in a Bible believing church and start influencing people from the inside out and stop trying to control them from the outside in.