White racists are celebrating because Satan used Hitler to exterminate six million Jews but he has young black men slaughtering themselves. That is exactly correct. The number one enemy of young black men is not racist white cops but other young black men. Apparently, someone needs to remind young black men that “black lives matter.”
Here’s the Proof
In 2013, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that homicide is so rare among White, Asian, Hispanic and Native American men of all age groups that it is virtually nonexistent. However, for young black men (age 15-34) homicide is the NUMBER ONE cause of death and 5th overall cause of death for black men of all age groups. My heart weeps every time it considers these numbers. They are a powerful reminder of the depth and breadth of psychological and spiritual damage that satan perpetrated against black men particularly via white supremacy.
Parents, we have a duty and responsibility to rear our sons to excel. I am sure you love your son and want the best for him. Rather than burying him before he becomes eighteen, surely you want him to graduate college, live a productive life and give you several grandchildren eventually. Moreover, you may need to depend on him someday. Hence, saving his life from gang violence is a worthwhile venture for him and you. To put it bluntly, you want to do everything possible to avoid what my parents and I experienced: the untimely deaths of my younger brothers.
So, let me offer you seven ways to keep your son from joining a gang and potentially getting murdered.
Relocate Your Family To A Better Neighborhood If You Reside In The Ghetto
Gangs tend to infest and thrive in inner-city ghettoes where fatherlessness, crime, drugs, failing schools, cheap handguns and poverty are daily realities. Hence, life is cheap and premature death lurks behind every corner in the ghetto. Merely, strapping together enough money to relocate your family to a better neighborhood may save your son’s life. I know life is not always that simple, however, so please keep reading.
Reconnect Him With His Father
I mean no offense, but it is safe to assume that you are a black single mother raising your son alone because approximately 75% of black children today are born to black single mothers. If my guess is correct, I want to state the obvious: try reconnecting your son with his father, if feasible. Of course, his father may be dead, imprisoned, missing, trifling, running from child support or portray some other awful characteristic that keeps him from raising his son. Nevertheless, do everything possible to reconnect them. Do not allow money, anger, fear or any such issue to keep him from his father. Suffice it to say, he needs his father desperately, and this is not about your relationship with his father. It is about saving the life of your son. That being said, connect him with a strong male figure if his father is unavailable or unwilling to reconnect.
Redirect Him to Positive Avenues
Do not allow the streets and gangs to capture the attention of your son. Early in his life, even as a toddler, get him involved in reading, music, science, sports, clubs and anything else that is legitimate and keeps him preoccupied. The adage says an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Do not permit the devil to enter your son’s mind through boredom and low expectation. Keep him busy doing uplifting activities. Be proactive and preemptive in your strategy to save your son’s life from the streets.
Rear Him to Honor God, Godly Values, and Life
There is no substitute for raising your son in a church where he can learn to honor God, the Bible, godly values, and life. These attributes will follow him throughout life and help him make wise decisions when you are absent. They will guide him when satan tempts him with foolishness. Do not release him in the world without this spiritual foundation, forcing him to figure out life by himself or be influenced by others. Of course, before his spiritual foundation can be sure and sound you must model strong Biblical character in your home. Otherwise, he will detest church and church folks.
Repeat Positive Affirmations Over Him Daily
The Bible says in Proverbs 18:21 that life and death are in the power of the tongue. This powerful spiritual law informs us that if we speak life instead of death to our sons they will live and not die. Sadly, many parents have not been taught this principle. They regularly speak death to their sons not realizing their negative words release curses and gives satan and demons access to destroy their sons’ lives. Going forward affirm your son with positive words and confessions even when he disappoints you. Stop releasing curses and start speaking the Blessing over his life so angels can work on his behalf. Make a list of Bible verses that contain blessings and speak them over his life consistently. For example, tell him “ you shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD (PSALM 118:17) and “you shall be mighty upon earth (Psalm 112:2). Remember, your words have real power, so use them to bless your son, not curse him.
Root in Him a Dynamic Vision Early In His Life
Here is another powerful Bible verse. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision the people cast off restraint.” Casting off restraint is a formula for disaster. You do not want your son casting off restraint and having no boundaries or goals for life. Instead, you want him to discover and become inflamed with his God-given vision. His God-given vision will restrain, strengthen and inspire him to avoid anything and anyone that might interfere with achieving his vision such as gangs, drugs, girls lacking virtue and so forth. His God-given vision will speak and offer him guidance. Hence, it bears repeating, early in life help him discover and become inflamed with his God-given vision.
Rise Each Day Early to Pray for Him
James 5:16 says the fervent prayer of a righteous person has great power. Just as your words have great power, your prayers have great power and appeal with God. Your prayers give God and His angels permission to protect and keep your son from danger. When you pray for your son, you are interceding for him, and intercession is a secret weapon of Christian parents. My parents were not committed Christians most of my life; hence they likely did very little, if any, intercession for me. Nevertheless, God in His loving wisdom put a praying woman in my life who certainly interceded for me. I am convinced that her intercession kept death from my door many times as I ran the streets unaware of the dangers. Her name was Pastor Reva Bradford. She is with Jesus today, and I am sure she intercedes for me daily. Therefore, stay on your knees interceding and fighting for your son and God will protect him.
Conclusion and Prayer
Now you have a powerful full-proof strategy that God will honor to protect your son. If you faithfully follow this seven-step strategy satan cannot seduce or keep your son in gangs. Alternatively, as the Bible says in Proverbs 22:6, if he departs from the training you instilled in him, he shall return before it is too late. In other words, this method will work if he is already in a gang. In conclusion, I offer the following prayer for you and especially your son(s). “Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you keep this parent’s son out of harm’s way and away from gangs and other dangers. Please, Lord, save his soul and keep his mind on You. Please commission your angels to encamp around him protecting his life and keeping evil people out of his path. Bring him home and cause him to do great things in life. In Jesus name, Amen!”