Lawlessness among youth depends on Morals

01ff5b7Ray: Another author who has me on his mail list, Tim Blodoew has written an excellent article regarding Youth Crime which I think our readers may find interesting. Tim questions the literacy of todays academics for their inability to recognize that Youth who have “Godly Morals” are different from youth that have “Morals” without God included.

Dear Ray,
It is remarkable how illiterate today’s academics and professionals are. It should be obvious to Christians that professionalism is primarily a theological and ethical matter, not primarily a technical standing. Because of this, we should not expect non-Christian professionals or experts to be as competent as Christian professionals

In this respect, we are talking about Christians who operate Christianly in their sphere. A professing Christian who is in fact an operational humanist throughout the week is not what we have in view here.

The illiteracy of today’s heathen academic professionals was highlighted in a recent piece from Creation magazine:

“University of Cambridge researchers questioned teenagers about their attitudes to lawlessness and asked what criminal things they had done (cross-checking their answers with police records). The research provided important insight into last year’s UK riots – why some young people went on a lawless rampage while others did not. The study found that teenagers who avoided crime did so not because they feared the consequences or lacked the chance, but because they saw it as wrong. Conversely, teenagers with little sense of right and wrong were responsible for the vast majority of juvenile crimes. The lack of a sense of morality was the single most important factor in teenagers breaking the law.

“Professor Per-Olof H. Wikström who led the study observed: ‘The idea that opportunity makes the thief – that young people will inevitably commit crime in certain environments – runs counter to our findings’. Academics around the world have heralded the research as ‘groundbreaking’ and a ‘breakthrough’ in understanding teenage crime. One US academic described it as ‘among the most significant works in criminology in decades'” (“Creation Magazine” [34,4, 23012], 11).

Reality confirms Biblical truth, truth that was reflected in ethics and social analysis within a Christendom that covered Europe and North America for generations, yet a couple of generations later, academic professionals are so illiterate that they call data which confirms easily accessible truth “groundbreaking.” That is remarkable, and evidence of how inferior, if not qualitatively different, the humanist/atheist definitions of professionalism and intelligence are. (This is also one of the fundamental arguments against non-Christian schooling.)

Christians should not dignify these people with the labels of professional, expert or academic. We don’t need to disrespect these people, but we should seek opportunities to highlight the irrational foolishness of the kingdom of Satan – the kingdom of Humanism – in contrast to the rationality and truth and power of the Kingdom of God. This is hard to do if the “Christianity” we live doesn’t look much different from the worldview practiced by our humanistic neighbours – seven days a well, 24 hours a day.

Let’s be different. Let’s be ambassadors of the King. Let’s be Kingdom citizens.

Tim Bloedow Executive Director

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2 thoughts on “Lawlessness among youth depends on Morals

  1. Alex Keith

    I am having a hard time understanding what this article is about. I have not read the research paper so I can’t comment on it’s design and conclusions, but for the author of this letter to say “…we should not expect non-Christian professionals or experts to be as competent as Christian professionals.” is self-righteous at best, offensive at worst.

    If the conclusion is that people decide to do or not do bad things is dependent on their feelings about right and wrong, I agree that it appears self evident. But it is also well known that people who behave in one way when on their own or in small groups often behave in a different way in large groups.

    Just the fact that a person is a Christian does not mean that they have better morals or ethics than someone who is an atheist. Right and wrong is not solely a religious concept. The golden rule is not solely a christian idea. If anyone wants to live in a society, they have to comply with societal rules, all of which require respect for each other. Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, etc. may be written in the bible, but they are the same concepts and rules that are followed by almost all societies. For example, Buddhists, by definition, are at best agnostic. They are spiritual but do not believe in a God. Yet, they have a reputation of being very moral and ethical.

    • I have to cut you some slack on this in that I agree with some of your points about the fact that there are people who have a code of ethics that is admirable who do not call themselves Christians.

      I took from the article that the main thrust was that societal peer pressure was not enough of a guide for morals. That it takes a superior set of morals that are what I would call “Godly morals” that are needed to ensure that youth will resist the temptation to behave in a lawless manner.

      Also I took from the article the fact that many “Secular Humanist” journalists and scientists do not report this need for God based morals, which the author believes is deliberate and dishonest on their part. Instead they draw wrong conclusions based on a flawed world view that is devoid of God in their thinking.

      He goes on to question their credibility of deserving the honor of their professional designations because they are not interested in “pure and true scientific enquiry”. Because in the authors opinion they are willingly ignorant in their findings. I personally think they may be blind to the conclusions the author makes and not aware they have misdiagnosed their subjects by ignoring the posibility that a reference point to “God” makes a difference in determining the “lawless or lawful” activities of youth.

      I personally am not willing to state things to the extreeme that this author did. I think we cannot know the motives of another person for the actions they take. (The Bible says only God can judge intentions.) So I think we should not assume the “Secular Humanist” non-Chrisitan in otherwords enquiry by scientists who do not share a reference point to God with the author of this article, are dishonest in their enquiry. But I do think they have ignored an important possiblity in their research which makes their conclusion untrue regarding those that have a “Godly morals viewpoint”. It seems that the youth that had a God based viewpoint were less willing to committ crimes and this should be reported on by unbiased Scientists and journalists. But I would not say they are intentionally missing this point.

      The Bible indicates something similar to this regarding light shining but it not being comprehended.

      John 1 – I. IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

      I believe the scientists and journalists just do not comprehend the light of God. But we should cut them slack for this because the Bible predicts this lack of knowledge of the light of God by many.

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