We found that being married is associated with a significant reduction in the probability of crime, averaging approximately 35 percent across key models in both the full sample of nearly 500 men examined from ages 17 to 32 and the targeted subsample of 52 men assessed from ages 17 to 70. These basic findings were robust, and thus consistent with the notion that marriage causally inhibits crime over the life course.
Why is marriage important in the process of desistance from crime? Supported by a mix of theory and consistent narrative materials derived from in-depth interviews with the same men studied here (see Laub and Sampson, 2003), we have argued that marriage has the potential to “knife- off” the past from the present in the lives of disadvantaged men and lead to one or more of the following: opportunities for investment in new relationships that offer social support, growth, and new social networks; structured routines that center more on family life and less on unstructured time with peers; forms of direct and indirect supervision and monitoring of behavior; or situations that provide an opportunity for identity transformation and that allow for the emergence of a new self or script, what Hill (1971) described as the “movement from a hell raiser to a family man.”
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Politicians often argue that the solution to reducing crime is more government programs or building bigger jails. Yet government cannot adequately address the underlying problems of criminal behavior or fill the holes in people’s lives.
What families need more than government programs are married fathers and mothers together in the home and faithful churches on the corner. Within families, children learn how to govern their lives. Churches help to reinforce these principles and strengthen the family in its role. When these institutions are weak or absent from peoples’ lives, society becomes increasingly dependent on government to impose restraint.
The evidence is overwhelming: When families are broken, children are more likely to engage in criminal behavior. Having both mother and father as mutually supporting authority figures in a child’s life to provide leadership and security is vitally important for a child in many ways, both physically and emotionally. Researchers find, for example, that:
Studies have found that children raised without a father are:
From education to personal health to career success, children who lack a father find themselves at a disadvantage to their peers raised in a two-parent household.
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This really says it all!
Does the Bible have anything to say about the concept of vetting an immigrant? Does it address extreme vetting?
“To vet” means “to appraise, verify, or check for accuracy, authenticity, validity.” We can assume that to add the term “extreme” would mean to do a very thorough job of vetting someone. So, if someone was entering our country and represented themselves as “ABC” then we should be able to verify that they actually are “ABC.” This is the idea of vetting a person whether for political office, a job or as an immigrant. There seems to be nothing inherently wrong about simply asking someone to prove that their statements about themselves are accurate.
Of course, those who oppose “borders” also oppose the act of vetting someone. Vetting for immigrants implies that there is a requirement to enter a country. Progressive socialists are generally opposed to having borders and believe anyone should be able to freely enter regardless of motive – those who seek asylum, those who seek a better life, those who seek welfare, or those who seek to subvert, overthrow or change the political landscape. They therefore reject vetting of anyone who wants entrance into another land.
Let’s Examine Scripture.
I often hear, “What would Jesus do? He would love everyone and let them come in (implying without vetting).” While that sounds really “feel-goody” it just doesn’t jive with the facts of Scripture.
The Lord Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:7-10).
Let’s Apply This Insight to America
I grew up in a time when nobody locked a door. A locked door was for secrets and privacy not for safety. But society changed. There became less respect for property and lives. To best protect our families, we have not only learned to lock our doors but we now install security devices. It testifies of our time that Biblical values have decreased and secular values have risen.
To those who oppose borders and deplore vetting of visitors I say: leave your house and car unlocked at all times and allow “visitors” come in, regardless of motive and intent. Let them eat your food, sleep in your bed, wear your close, use your utilities and watch whatever channels on your cable they want while you pay the bill. Lose your bodyguard and sell your weapons. Simply put, live out your creed. When you have proven that you can trust all who come your way, after years of demonstration, then let’s talk about open borders and vetting.
Until then, I choose to follow the Lord’s example and work through channels that vet our visitors and enable them to enter and enjoy our prosperity.
A bomb goes off and several innocent people are dead. The world is shocked and the news media begins an endless cycle of reporting. Soon, a terrorist group claims responsibility. Sound familiar?
What goes next is a cacophony of explanations. Liberals try to understand the pain that the terrorist must be going through to do such a thing, the oppression they must feel or the mistreatment they must have suffered. Conservatives points to the ideology that drives it and seek to discover how to halt its march through humanity.
This kind of news sells papers and increases ratings for TV and radio. It sets commentators on an adventure of blame, hyperbole and buzz. Sometimes truth is proclaimed, sometimes it is suppressed and sometimes it is sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and ideological agenda.
THE DRIVING FORCE
We do not call an arsonist a terrorist. We do not call an angry boyfriend who kills his fiancé a terrorist. No, these are crimes perpetrated by criminals, whether by planned action or by unrestrained passion. Terrorism is so much more. It is driven by a belief system that has settled into the heart of the terrorist. It might be religious belief, or political belief, or even a mixture of both.
That leads to two key and important kinds of questions:
APPLIED TO RADICAL ISLAM
Islam means “submission”. Death to non-Muslims is not only tolerated but desired and inevitable for the will of Allah to be done.
So, even though a group of co-workers showed kindness to a Muslim couple in San Bernadino, CA, their deaths by the hands of the “loved on” Muslim couple is to be championed and celebrated as following the will of Allah.
Radical Islam has very little value for life. Killing innocent victims in the name of Allah serves the greater purpose to force all to submit. By striking terror, they hope many will lay down their resistance and surrender their resolve.
But there is a world crying out. They listen for the voice of God-ordained authorities to answer how such terroristic action will be confronted, condemned and constrained; how justice will be meted out. There is a cry for the lives of the innocent victims and their families to be avenged.
Radical Islam must not be allowed to succeed. The strong must stand against the terrorist.
This Weekend Lead Or Join An Election Prayer Movement
Dr. Alveda King
Along with voting and observing King Cyrus in relationship to what’s going on today, where are God’s appointed spiritual voices today?
Where are we who are called to be today’s Daniels, Esther’s, Nehemiahs and Ezra’s? Are we Praying, fasting, rebuilding, evangelizing?
We urgently need to transcend the political frequency where we are praying for specific candidates to be elected or not elected. While this is part of the scenario, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We are facing spiritual corruption at the highest levels.
READ EPHESIANS 6 PLEASE. PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS. BIND THE DEVIL. LOOSE GOD’S HIGH PRAISE!
This weekend lead or join an election prayer movement. There are several already in motion!
This scourge of evil we are facing is not new. Daniel was in office the first year of King Cyrus’ reign. Daniel and Esther fasted and prayed. Ezra and Nehemiah rebuilt the wall. It all goes together!
Highest Form of Spiritual Warfare
Jezebel and Ahab are breathing fire in this election. Not gender specific in humans. Fasting and praying. Highest form of warfare is breakthrough praise that God inhabits and worship in spirit and truth attained as we fast and pray.
“…the battle is a spiritual battle…the battle is not against flesh and blood…Jezebel is not a person…Jezebel is a spirit…the spirit of Jezebel wants this nation…the nations…even though confronted, remember this spirit resists, accuses, controls, twists, manipulates, intimidates, seduces, destroys…
Remember this….This spirit will come out by prayer and fasting, declare My Word, My authority…stand together, pray, fast…Church, hear Me…My people…you can do this… …”who is on My side?…
“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.
“But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality.” Revelation 2:19
“When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard about it, so she painted her eyes, adorned her head, and looked down from the window. As Jehu entered the gate, she said, “Do you come in peace, Zimri,killer of your master?”
He looked up toward the window and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” Two or three eunuchs looked down at him, and he said, “Throw her down!”… 2 Kings 9:30-33