Biblical knowledge reduces crime

Published 11:28pm Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Many times I have wished that I have an individual power as a school board member to force a change in our system’s curriculum but inopportunely it is not possible. The governance act (Act No. 2012-221) explains a Board of Education to mean “the legally constituted body that governs a local school system, promotes students learning and prepares students to be college and career ready.”The act stipulates that the school board and not individual members are delegated with governance responsibilities.

If one board member has enough authority, I would have made Bible study very prominent, with minimal consultation, in our public schools.

I still reminisce my high school days when our Bible knowledge teacher would structurally teach us bible as a subject. We did not pay much attention to him then which I regretted latter in life. Although he taught the subject more as a history or English literature  teacher  than a pastor , evangelist,pope,and etc still we learned true  stories of how God deals with people; we heard about Jesus, Moses, Joseph, Abraham, David, Daniel, Solomon, Esther, virgin Mary, Elizabeth, Saul/Paul, Elijah, Goliath, Nebuchadnezzar, and more; we also heard about prayer and its effects. The teacher, for once, never told us to repent, forgive, and love others; but we heard stories and strategies that are superbly designed to impact a person for life, if attention is paid to the theme. For some of us that belong to a church, it helped more on Sundays when biblical teachings are reiterated with a spiritual anointing.

Bible knowledge can be utilized as a crime reduction plan during the Christmas season if made accessible to the most concerned. This season is special for us. It brings lots of blessing and joy; unfortunately statistics has it that crime of theft escalates during this season. The latter, most likely comes from the fact that some people feel obligated to buy, expensive, gifts that they cannot afford.

Check out this bible story; Peter and John went to pray in the temple and at the gate they saw a crippled man who begs for money. Peter said to the crippled, “silver and gold I do not have but what I have I give you, in the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.”

He lifted the crippled and the man received strength and walked. There are more stories in the Bible that exemplifies the importance and the benefits of giving from your strength (what you have). A penny gift from a good source is better than a dollar from a bad source.

Give your good gifts and don’t worry about the next giver; after all the best giver (God) is still incomparable and the greatest gift (Jesus) will never be matched.

I do not understand why people look down on Christmas card but I know it is effective. If what is written on the card is not enough for you to depict how you feel, write more. You are giving when you love people indiscriminately this season, like Jesus, by going about doing good and not hurting people. Shake hands, make people smile and laugh, and be selective in your hugging; for things are changing.

Let not human insatiable wants dictate the energy in what we give as we look forward to being a blessing to each other and having a merry Christmas.

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