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I was taught ignorance of the law is no excuse.
The case of the Texas teen who had become intoxicated and drove his pickup truck in such a way as to kill several people neither was he old enough to drive nor drink alcoholic beverages; yet a defense of ignorance seemed to work well enough for him to escape justice with probation only without jail time. Why would an underage child behave in such an irresponsible way? What did their parents think? How did they react? Perhaps what their defense attorney presented gives us some idea of this child’s home life. Too Young to Carry on Like an Adult
What was behind this miscarriage of justice? When the defense attorney revealed that the defendant was a member of an affluent family that neither corrected his behavior nor instructed him as to what was right or wrong an argument that he deserved leniency was offered. It seems he could not avoid misbehaving because he was not taught how to behave well. I believe there is a lot wrong with this whole situation and not just the lenient sentence.
￼The United States of America I grew up in was not shy to put forth a high standard for the conduct of its citizens – juvenile or adult.
My family used the Ten Commandments as a guide, as did my school, as did my local, State and Federal governments. My church expounded on the finer details and taught how they applied in our modern world. No the society in the past was not perfect. Yet even with its problems it did not seem as troubled as it is today. I think it is more than how the media reports the news.afforded
The entertainment industry very often used plots that illustrated how the standard for our civilization worked. In time a process of easing up on the standard began to have an effect however. Now most movies I consider viewing for enjoyment have some aspect within the story line that makes me cringe. Not just violence; not just explicit (or nearly explicit) sex. It is the ever-increasing use of profanity even uttered by young characters that offends my wife and me.
￼Two World Wars forced humanity to move from Modernism to Post Modernism: Humanity reaped the horrors of war because civilization failed to protect people from wide-spread manifestations of evil.
Thinkers within the sphere of philosophy led the way into relativism, but soon artists, writers and then governments became energized with this liberal way of thinking. It did not take long before every day citizens embraced the new liberal way of life as well. One by one taboos fell. One by one ￼standards slackened. One by one even some offensive aspects of society were displayed unblushingly because of this new-found freedom. It did not seem to matter who was offended as long as free speech and liberal behavior was allowed free rein. Consequences in this mind-set are to be ignored at the worst or minimized at best.
Cultural upheaval was more than “Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’roll” it also invaded government, schools and even some churches.
￼Ordinary people – the everyday family with a stay at home mom and working dad – were bath in a constant din of movements bringing forth some obscure minority view than, insisting on a change in its favor. This new definition of what was good could dominate everything despite the reality that it was only promoted by a few; now the many had to allow the few to define what our civilization would be like instead of the other way around.
I was taught in classes on citizenship that in The U.S.A the majority rule included a safe guard for minority views as the many set our nation’s course. Could a real sociological and cultural Apocalypse be in our future? Perhaps like the dystopia portrayed in Clockwork Orange (movie from 1971)
Today it appears the minorities set our course and the majority view is not safe guarded but rather demonized. Can an old-fashioned view ￼of our culture lead to punishment of people who belong to this majority view? Consequences that offend, weaken and erode the fabric of our nation often seem irrelevant.
Once again I state as a Christian, that the standard for individuals and nations is ￼revealed within The Holy Bible. Instead of seeking out hypocrisy and failings of some people declaring these principles as a failure, we as a nation we should examine all the good that the principles contained in The Holy Bible have provided for humanity. These principles have improved the state of humanity and should be reexamined and in my opinion re-applied to our society and culture.
Excerpts from scripture about consequences for breaking laws:
Colossians 3:25 ESV
For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
Romans 13:1 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Proverbs 14:12 ESV
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
Proverbs 20:1 ESV
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and / 4 helpful votes whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Matthew 5:37 ESV
Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
James 5:12 ESV
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
Proverbs 29:15 ESV
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.
Proverbs 11:21 ESV
Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.
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