What would be the answer for today's youth crisis?

Below another article re the devastations in our youth today, below the article, my response.
Another completely fresh take on SA's issues by Kanthan Pillay (no link available). 

Figures released by the Department of Basic Education this month show that 18 pupils in Grade 3 became pregnant in KZN in 2008 and 2009. 
Nationally, 94 875 pupils between grade 3 and grade 12 became pregnant during that period.
The report was greeted by the usual howls of outrage speaking of declining moral values as well as berating those taking practical steps to minimize those pregnancies. 
For example, The Daily News and its sister papers reported that: "Education experts in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed concern at the distribution of condoms in primary schools, saying it could send the wrong message to pupils.
"They warned that instead of solving the problem of pupils falling pregnant, handing out the contraceptives would encourage them to engage in sexual intercourse."
The fact is that morality has not much to do with it. Sex feels good. 
It might seem a rather obvious statement to make but those of us who are advancing in years tend to forget the effect that hormones have on every species. It's the reason why a praying mantis will risk getting his head chewed off (literally) to get his rocks off. It's the reason why salmon will swim upstream in spite of grizzly bears waiting to scoop them up for lunch. 
And it's the reason why our president will engage in a strategically inappropriate liaison with an HIV positive woman young enough to be his daughter.
As a species across cultures, we have always put in societal checks and balances to minimize the negative side effects of the instinct of homo sapiens to reproduce. Coming of age rituals (for example the initiation ceremonies of the amaXhosa), dress codes, and the institution of marriage itself were designed to this end.
And crucial to this is the idea of age of consent – the understanding that no matter what your body might say to you about whether or not you are ready to breed, society will require you to reach a particular level of mental development before allowing you to give in to your primal instincts.
This is why we have the concept of statutory rape. It doesn't matter whether you wanted it or not – in South Africa if you are under 16 years of age, and you have sex, it's rape.
By my reasoning, even if half of the 94 875 cases of pregnancy reported by the Department of Basic Education involved girls under 16, that's still close to 50 000 cases of statutory rape.
My question is: how many of those cases were investigated by the authorities and how many charges were laid?
This is not rocket science. For every girl who becomes pregnant, there is a boy who has had sex with her. 
Instead, we have this utterly ridiculous situation where any girl popping out a child automatically receives a guaranteed income for the next 14 years funded by the taxpayer in the form of a child support grant. There is zero accountability required.
As for the male offspring of such liaisons who grow up without the benefit of strong male role models, they are a ticking time bomb. They will be the serial rapists and murders of twenty years from now – only in much larger numbers.
We need to put a stop to it now. And it's simple.
If both the girl and the boy having sex are under age, the parents of the boy need to contribute to the upkeep of the child. And as soon as he starts earning, he must contribute to the upkeep of the child.
If the girl is under 16 and the boy is over 18, he immediately needs to go to jail and the asset forfeiture unit needs to sell off everything he owns to pay for the upkeep of the baby.
Watch how quickly the problem will go away.
(This article was published in a local Kwazulu Natal newspaper and not nationwide.)

This is an article I read on the page of a journalist friend of mine via Face Book. Over the last couple of weeks I have followed closely the happenings in the newspapers where our youth are concerned and in my spirit things have been churning.
I replied to a letter written in a newspaper last week entitled – “All I want is to belong.”
The cry of the youth started ringing in my eras, then I read another article regarding the handing out of condoms at Kwazulu Natal schools that are in a sex crisis and even I have been moved even more to say something.
I myself am a mother of four children of which three are in their early teens now and listening to how they see the world and their answers for issues, it lead me to think a little further on the topic or issue of the youth of South Africa.

I came to the following conclusions;
Reform the church to reform the land
Allow Jesus back into the schools

I must be honest, I have been studying the issues of youth in our country for a while now, and I come to the same conclusion with every topic, Reform the church to reform the land.
Jail time, financial grants, handing out of condoms, sex education and the like are NOT going to solve the problem alone. Society's common outlook that church has become irrelevant is sorely mistaken. There have been mistakes in our history, sure, and we still make mistakes, we aren’t perfect yet, but I’m telling you, if a church allows Jesus to be the Head, and they work according to Scripture, there will be great change. I have seen it happen before my very eyes.
Yes, we are not perfect, but, if truth through the faith in Jesus is preached and practical life application and the “how to” of Christianity is taught and implemented, change takes place.
Where the apostles and prophets are received, change and reform takes place. We were never meant to look like the world in order to reach it, if we do not look different and sound different how then will we present an alternative answer?
Once we decided to have an all-inclusive culture and an "all roads lead to God" frame of thinking, right there, we missed it! Sex is such a huge part of cults and religious errors that with this all inclusive all roads lead to heaven mentality we have adopted it is NO WONDER we have this problem on our hands. With this all inclusive mindset we have unleashed lawlessness and it is rampant in our country and wreaking havoc wherever it goes.

By removing the Word of God out of our schools we have taken away the very thing that protected them. I dare you to go back and look at news reports on the state of our youth and schools from after the Bible and Scripture education was taken out of the schools, I promise you, you will see the rapid demise of morality and the increase of violence, gangster-ism, drugs, rapes, sex ,pregnancies, abortions and murders and it hasn’t stopped. We need to teach, not dictate and dominate, “oordonder soos die Afrikaners sal se”, the children, but guide them. Yes in the end the choice is theirs, but just teaching sex education and the "this is what takes place once intercourse has happened" is not the answer, nor are neither condoms nor finances. This is a big thing to tackle, but I don’t believe the simple urge of hormonal injection at the teen age and the “I have to have it because I want to experience it or feel good" is as simple as it gets. Children need to be taught how to rule their emotions, how to overcome their urges and most of all our youth need to know there is a FUTURE and that there is a HOPE out there for them. And all this you learn through Scripture, through the very Word of God.

Why do I say that removing Scripture reading and prayer and Jesus out of the schools have led to all this?
Why is this so important or more important than anything else? Because the protection His name and His Word provides has been removed. Jesus is the Prince of princes and the King of kings and the Lord of lords. His presence displaces the principalities and powers that be. I don’t care who you are or what your argument is, fact is Jesus IS the ONLY way out! No matter how traditional or free the presentation of the Word of God may be as long as the Words of Jesus are being read, taught, spoken and prayed in a school, there is protection because God has to act on His Word.
Yes, we need to teach our children and youth how to apply the teachings of Jesus in a practical manner in daily life, but just the reading of the Word, already inspires hope and a desire to believe. The Holy Spirit will do the rest. He works with the conscience, He convicts. But as long as we do not even have the Word present in our schools and our children do not get to hear it, there is no chance. With the Word of God out lawlessness has not just come in but has also taken over. Freedom is not the absence of things that restrain, but the presence of strong boundaries which have consequences once crossed. Having boundaries gives freedom for then I know I can freely move for there is a definite protection surrounding me. The Word of God brings accountability which is also something our world thinks it doesn’t need.

Having Scripture union and ACSV isn’t enough anymore, because it only affects a small group of children or young people. However I do thank God for every school where they do preside because through their faithfulness they provide a covering for that school. When in the registration period of a school day the teacher reads a passage from Scripture and the class as a whole prays that Scripture for the day’s happenings, things WILL change, guaranteed! And you don’t need more than 20min or half an hour, it doesn’t have to be a long lecture, you don’t have to have doctrinal discussions here in class,(as this is most probably not the place for it, the emphasis is to get the Word heard), that can happen one on one after school or they can be referred to a local church for that. But having that time, just feeding that bit of scripture reading into their spirits will stick, and not long they will start to hear that Word whisper in their ear when they are in situations and in places. The Word of God does NOT return void unto Him but it goes out and accomplishes what it was sent out for to do until it is completed! Isa 55:10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from the heavens, and does not return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring out and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
Isa 55:11  so shall My Word be, which goes out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall certainly do what I sent it to do.

And children being children they WILL test that Word read to them at some point in time. They Will question it. They WILL go and find a Bible somewhere and do further reading and studying, because it is in our nature to test everything.  

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, said the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

How do our young people find out what their future and hope is, well Psa 40:7  Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
Jos 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Psa 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

But how will they ask and test if no one tells them? Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?


So we need to bring the Word back into our schools. If parents can’t help their children,then at least by the Word being read and taught in the schools, they have a hope.
(c) Celeste Glass

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