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Attorney Joe C. Hopkins is the publisher and editor of the Pasadena Journal and author of "I will Not Apologize."  For several years now, residents of the community have benefited from his insights about the dress and behavior of Black youth, the negative images of Black youth, the negative images of Blacks portrayed in the media, and how best to secure economic empowerment for the future of Black youth.

Reflections on Culture

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Raising children - today's culture - Christian cultureI stopped at a local pizza restaurant to order and pick up a pizza the other day and there were three young Black women to pick up their food. For ten minutes, out of their mouths, I overheard some of the foulest and vulgar language I have ever heard. They were talking about some guy and his cars and looks. The N-word and S-word were prominent in the conversation. They left and the air was still filled with the memory of their vulgarity. As a father, grandfather and Christian, I could not help but think, is this what our generation has fought for, giving our young generations the right to express themselves in ways that should be embarrassing?

I left the pizza shop and went on to my next duty of that day, picking up my grandchildren from school. My parents died years ago and neither of them ever heard me curse or be disrespectful of them or other older people. I also never heard them curse. For that I am thankful. I work hard at providing a good road map to life for my children and grandchildren's life. It's simple. A good Christian life will provide that road map. The Ten Commandments from the Holy Bible is a good start.

(1) Thou shall have no other gods before me.

(2) Thou shall not make idols or any likeness of anything that is in the earth, or that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or is in the water under the earth. Thou shall not bow down thyself nor serve them.

(3) Thou shall not take the lord's name in vain.

(4) Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

(5) Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the lord thy God giveth thee.

(6) Thou shall not kill.

(7) Thou shall not commit adultery.

(8) Thou shall not steal.

(9) Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

(10) Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maid servant, nor his Ox nor his ass, nor anything that is his. ( Find these in Exodus 20)

Every hour of every day, these commandments take a beating by all of us doing one or more things to the contrary. Because we know that God is a forgiving God, we do things that we know are wrong. What we don't know is how long we have on this earth to get things right.

At church Sunday, the minister reflected on a small child who was mocking his parents during the music and during the message. He was holding his hands up in praise and dancing to the music which was being done to the Glory of God. I couldn't help but reflect on my childhood and how soon I learned the scripture that said, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart . . . " (Proverbs 22-6) It is something that I learned as part of our Christian culture, my grandchildren are learning it and, so far, the practice has sustained us and they have been blessed. Why don't each family sit down and take the test on how many of the Ten Commandments are being violated or practiced by your family.

Remember, it's never too late to start living the word that we were taught as children. President Barack Obama learned much as a college educated adult, after he met and came under the ministry of Dr. Jeremiah Wright. Is there something in the commandments that would be good for the Ray Rice's of the world? Surely, couldn't those three young women benefit from this teaching? Just wondering.

 

 

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