Actually, they're not at the gates. They've been inside for quite awhile and have wreaked a hell of a lot of havoc. Some folks point at the schools and think that's the problem. But the simple truth is that probably most, if not all, of the kids have already been lost before starting first grade. And this is because parents have abdicated their responsibility to instill ethical values in their children.The city of Chicago is experiencing a horrendous wave of murders in some communities. Every now and then someone from one of these neighborhoods will show up on the news talking about the need for someone to do something. When I hear that I think, "You raised them. The responsibility is yours." or "You didn't raise them. You defaulted on your parental responsibility to correct and guide them and you're surprised they've turned out to be murderers and criminals."
I am under no illusion that I was a really good parent. I have failed in so many ways as a husband and father. But when we married we made a committment to God, our friends and families, and each other to stick with it no matter who or what came along. Those vows were not taken lightly.
Now just looking at the state of this nation and the rest of the world might make one pessimistic. But I am reminded of these words by David Chilton, "...the purpose of prophecy is ethical. It is God's assurance that history is under His control, that He is working out His eternal purposes in every event, and that His original plan for His creation will be fulfilled. He has placed us into the great war for world history with the absolute guarantee that we will win. Even if He has to make the whole universe stand still for us (Josh. 10:12-13) the day will last long enough for us to achieve victory. Time is on our side. The Kingdom has come, and the world has begun again. Now: Get to work."