What a summer we had this year! So many people got bitten by sharks last year that we called the summer of 2001, "the summer of the shark." Well, this year we saw a lot of evil toward children. I suppose we could have labeled the summer of 2002, "the summer of child abuse." Just consider these repeated evils that continue to go on and on.
A person claims to forget to take the baby out of the hot car (I find that hard to believe). Are people that occupied in thought that they cannot remember that a child is in the car? A baby won't stop crying so the sitter shakes him to death or beats the child up and then tells the authorities the child fell down, and the police are suppose to believe that? A sex pervert looks upon a child with the interest of sexually molesting and killing the youngster (How stupid and depraved can a person be?). Now you may gasp and cringe upon hearing all this and such response is justified because these deeds are appalling.
However, if you use profanity, smoke, drink, gamble, or do other kinds of evil in the presence of your child or other children, you are doing the wrong thing as well. All these things are evil and anyone doing such is sinning (1 John 3:1, 1 John 5:17).
I'm calling upon all people who abuse a child to repent. If you have done evil worthy of jail, turn yourself in and pay the price, hopefully you will be a better person when you come out. If you haven'tdone evil worthy of jail time, just quit the evil and start doing the right thing (Acts 3:19).
Hope to hear from you or to see you at the services.