So, in the past few days another riot has broken out. This time it was in Baltimore. Another young black man dies in a police altercation and everyone goes nuts.
Rather than rehearse what should have happened, namely wait until the facts come out and mete out justice accordingly, I would rather give praise to a Baltimore mother who caught her son participating in all the hooliganism.
Although her lingo was a bit salty for a family evening around the dinner table, one cannot fault the message she was sending to her son.
Reports have it that he pleaded with his mother to quit pounding the soup out of him, because she was embarrassing him. Apparently the self-centered, juvenile delinquent failed to realized just how much embarrassment he caused her.
Here is hoping and praying that other moms and dads in Baltimore, and elsewhere, will quit being the children’s friends and playthings, and start acting like parents, especially when the kinds of foolishness we keep seeing lately occurs.
The Bible commands, “Discipline your son while there is hope, and do not desire his death” (Prov. 19:18). Later it reads, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Prov. 22:15).
Although this mother did not use a rod, it is clear that the next time her son contemplates foolishness, he will remember mom’s discipline. One can only hope that his foolishness has been driven far from him and he will not end up in the grace like so many recently that have already preceded him there.
Until then, give this mom a medal.