After surgery I spent a week face down. One eye is useless, and the other is fuzzy. Since it was nearly impossible to watch the TV I listened to news, scripture, and books.
One of the key issues under examination in the news is the condition of the family in American society. This week several currents ran together to create a rather challenging thread of discussion. The anniversary of Dr. King. The court ruling on Stop and Frisk. The absurd number of murders taking place in America. The deplorable state of American urban education. And the welcoming, in California, of people with boy parts into the girls locker room.
As the statistics continued to emerge for debate they painted a frustrating picture. Many urban centers have a 50% High School student drop out rate. In New York the number of Black and Hispanic murders, and murderers ran into the 80 - 90% range. 30% of Anglo children do not have their biological father living in the home. That statistic goes to 50% in many areas of Hispanic culture, and as high as 70% in parts of the Black community. Divorce hovers around 50%.
I remember arguing the causes of these tragic social realities in seminary. That was twenty years ago. Things have only gotten worse. Today I am much less concerned with what caused these things, and more concerned with the means to fix them. I realize that many will say you can't fix them, until you know what caused them. There is truth in that. The problem is that different groups will lay the blame on different factors and together they will never come to collective agreement concerning the cause. People will continue to blame, or live as victims, without looking for a solution to the problems. Neither blame nor a victim mentality will move us forward.
It was in this context that I lay, face down, and reflected on our upcoming sermon series. The month of September is committed to the topic, BLESS THIS HOME. Our homes need a blessing. Families need to know what it looks like to follow Christ. People need a solution for their pressing problems.
It does not matter how your ship became lost at sea.
If you can see the lighthouse, and hear the horn,
you can cut through the fog and know which way to go!
Mark your calendars now for the next four Sundays!
Do not miss any of these life changing messages!
Let the light of Christ encourage you,
and the call of His Word direct you!
9/1 Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness
9/8 Pure in Heart
9/29 Family Barbecue at Lake Perris
CYA Sunday at the Elks Lodge @ 10:00am,