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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 24, 2014

Reclaiming nation starts in the home

By Wilson Starnes | Nov 15, 2012

To the editor:

After Obama got reelected I sat down and started thinking how has this country slid down to the point where it is now.

I started out with blaming the elected leaders and the laws they are making that are turning us into a welfare nation. Then I turned to our school system because they are teaching our children things they have no business teaching.

After some time I started to realize that the problem is in our homes. We as a nation are not doing our job as being good parents and training up our children in the way they should go.

I have been coaching sports off and on for the past five years and have seen how disengaged parents are with their children, and I noticed dads are the worst not showing up for their childrens’ games. Now I realize that as men we need to be a financial provider and that is fine, but if it takes the majority of your time away from your family then you are doing more harm than good.

I have heard the saying “the way the family goes so goes a nation.” I know that is true because the traditional family (one man, one woman) has been on the decline over the past 20 years, and the morals of our country have been declining in that same amount of time. I know that is how we got to where we are now with states legalizing marijuana and same sex marriage. That happens because we are not teaching our children what is right and wrong, absolute truth (Jesus and His teachings) instead of subjective truth (oxymoron).

Parents, prioritize your day so you will have time to talk to your children about what is going on in their lives. Take time to sit down as a family to eat meals. Find time to do things as a family. Teach them what is right and what is wrong. It is okay if our children fail just as long as they learn from it and do not make the same mistake because when we fail is when we learn the most. The things that children learn the most is caught more than taught so be good examples to your children.

We can reclaim this nation and put it back on the track to prosperity, but first we have to reclaim the traditional family and put Jesus back where He belongs. That is in every aspect of our lives (school, government, homes and so on).

 

— Wilson Starnes, Libertyville

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