This morning, for the first time, I had the opportunity to sit through a couple of sessions at the Laurens County Juvenile Court room. I owe my participation to the invitation Donny Gillis extended to me and once I arrived he introduced me to the Juvenile Judge, William Tribble, and some other officers.
My plan was simple – observe.
For quite some time I’ve been intrigued to see the spectrum in which our teenagers float. I’ve had the opportunity to see teenagers raising their hands in worship at church, fall asleep during class at school, give their all playing school sports, flirt with edgy language/attitudes, and this morning it was time to see some teenagers pay the price for their actions. For as much as I wanted to just observe, I couldn’t help but wonder what would cause kids with good school systems, churches in every corner, rec. departments, etc choose to make down right stupid decisions.
However, after sitting in that courtroom for over two hours I started questioning our Christian involvement in this whole situation. I mean, how aggressive are we when it comes to snatching for Christ those kids at risk? How involved are we in the rehab process? How in-tune are we really when regarding the reality kids are facing on an every day basis? I do understand that a big part of my/our task in on the prevention side, but we should not forget those who are beyond our program. We need to prevent diseases AND attend to those already sick. This Tuesday I don’t have any clever idea on how to go about this, the only thing I have is the conviction of our call and the reality of teenagers growing up with less and less opportunities because of poor decisions (and not always just their own). “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17 arturo www.arturopaulinoblog.com