The latest in a long series of insane crazes is young people posting videos of themselves on the internet eating Tide Pod laundry detergent capsules.
But some research has discovered the real reason that kids are eating detergent as well as many other crazy things that are going on with our young people, as well as our society.
First, look at some of the items, that while are not new, seem to be growing exponentially as problems within our society:
- Bullying to the point of suicide & murder.
- Racial & gender attacks due to lack of understanding.
- Suicide “challenges” by choking, strangling, drinking, and hazing.
- Deaths by “games” like eating detergent packs.
- Violence with “weapons”.
- Lack of respect for our country, flag and national anthem.
- Sexual Abuse
- Entitlement mentality, people everywhere believing they deserve things
- Shrinking and sometimes non-existent work ethic
The list goes on, and our societal problems seem every year to ‘wax worse and worse‘.
It is disturbing, but I see a “common missing link” from my days of growing up. In my childhood, it was ok for the following to be an everyday occurrence:
1. Pledge of Allegiance every day.
2. Praying before every event.
3. All standing for the National Anthem every time.
4. Parents knowing everything about my “business” every day.
5. Parents teaching about the temptations I “will” encounter. Such as: drugs, bullies, prejudice, weapons, and other uncertainties that parents SHOULD BE INVOLVED WITH!!
It amazes me that when my list was the “norm” growing up, there was much less of my first list in the news…….brings a new perspective to “the good ole’ days”don’t you think?
So why do these items ‘wax worse and worse‘? What does research tell us?
It is not new research. In fact, this research is as old as it comes. It starts with a basic Bible concept and is proven then upward throughout history.
It can be boiled down to one sentence:
When you remove or lower the standards, from the individual, the family, and society, all three will decline.
There are 5 stories in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. But they are not just stories, they show a pattern. The pattern of man.
Of course creation is the first, the beginnings.
Then comes the story of Adam and Eve, the relationship between Man and God.
Then the story of Cain and Abel, the relationship between man and man.
The story of Noah shows the need of the salvation of man through water, because the first two relationships fell apart.
Then the last story, Babel, showing the relationship between society and God, and the results again, when the first two relationships fell apart.
The rest of the story in the historical section of the Old Testament continues to show this pattern over and over. Things are good until man and society walk away from the standards, and then there is a decline into bondage.
While often times we want to make the Bible all about religion, but it is much more.
So how does this all work. It is elementary, really.
We have watched standards be removed everywhere. It’s now ‘free to be me’. Do what you want.
Parents do not teach standards in the home. Schools do not teach standards. While some of those standards are religious in nature, they do not have to be. (Yet most of them are covered in Biblical reasoning)
It is a basic Biblical concept to keep track of, and pass on the standards to your children. Parents are so busy these days often kids are left ‘free to be me’. I would imagine there are a lot of videos out there of kids eating Tide Pods that parents do not even know exist.
We have lost our standards. In fact, we have thrown away the concept of a standard in the first place. Pride in our country. Pride in working extra hard and gaining achievement. The basic concept of being kind to one another.
Selfishness has taken over. We have become the ‘all about me’ society. The ‘all about me’ society leaves out these other two relationships.
Christ was asked in Matthew Chapter 5: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
They wanted him to name a particular law from the Law of Moses. He did not give them a response. In the tradition of the first 11 Chapters of Genesis, he summed up the original two relationships.
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The 10 Commandments do the same. The first 4 are the relationship between man and God, the last 6 the relationship between man and man.
If we want to get back to a time when kids did not eat laundry detergent, we have to take back the concept of the standard. Simple research.