A crisis of values
THE EDITOR, Sir:
Again we are faced with a serious crime problem sweeping our country like a monster on the loose. What a shame!
On many persons' lips is the question: "What is really happening?" Some people blame the rise of crime in our society on poverty. Some blame it on domestic disputes and other things such as lottery scamming and gang wars. And the list goes on.
The truth is, all of these are factors that contribute to some of the crimes that are plaguing our country. The big question is: Is every poor person committing crime? Does every domestic dispute end up in murder? If the answer is no, there are other factors to consider.
I would say our values and our upbringing have a great influence on our decisions and actions in whatever situation we face. If we are taught to respect life, because it is a gift from God; and if these values and principles are taught from an early age, I believe many more persons would think twice when they are faced with trying situations.
It is never too late to start to instill these values. We need to begin now. Most important, we need to set the example. I Corinthians 5:10 states: "For all of us must appear before Christ to be judged by Him. We will each receive what we deserve, according to everything we have done - good or bad in our bodily life."