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Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)
- TITLE: When Teens were Fulfilling - Not Foreboding
By Marilyn Schnepp
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If any one of the above teenagers perpetrated a serious crime on you or one of your family members, you might as well give up the thought of any kind of punishment, retribution or justice.
It's a "Given" in this day and age, that the Defense blames teenage crime on the environment, dysfunctional families, lack of education, society and even Tom and Jerry cartoons,...but never, ever the poor, misguided teeny bopper that actually does the crime. And guess what? The bleeding heart jury usually agrees!
"He was a slave", the attorney will say, " sold to slave traders by his own brothers when he was just seventeen. Coming from such a dysfunctional family, there is no way he could be found responsible for his crimes." The jurists nod in agreement as he lashes out at society's lack of tolerance.
"She was an orphan", the attorney laments, "by no fault of her own. With Mother and Dad both dead, she was taken in and adopted by an older cousin, which was not the happiest life for a beautiful little girl". The jurists sniffle in unison as they blow their noses and wipe their eyes.
"He was taken prisoner by the enemy during war and then shipped off to the conquering country, never to see his parents again. Surely, such a young lad cannot be responsible for his actions after being a POW."
It's a heyday for the Defense Counsel as the bleeding heart jurists acquit all three juvenile delinquints of their crimes! "Not guilty, Not guilty, Not guilty... due to all of the above".
However, let me enlighten you with some True Facts on the teenage slave, the teen orphan and the teenaged prisoner of war.
Joseph WAS indeed sold to some slave merchants on their way to Egypt. He was seventeen years old when he was stripped of his multi-colored coat given to him by his father, thrown into an empty pit by his ten older brothers, and then sold to the slave traders; however, instead of a life of crime because of his dysfunctional background, Joseph became the equivalent of a modern day Prime Minister over the people in Egypt. Many troubles besought him during the years, but fulfilling his duty to God and his fellow man never wavered.
Esther WAS indeed an orphaned teenager, brought up and raised by her older cousin Mordecai. Despite her background and loss of parents. she never broke the law or reverted to crime; instead she became a Queen - thus saving her cousin Mordecai and the Jewish people from certain death - while satisfactorily fulfilling her duty to both God and His people.
And yes, Daniel was just a boy when captured and sent to Babylon as a Prisoner of War; he, like Joseph before him, did not find any of these modern day reasons to commit crimes or break the law either, despite his environment and constant threat to his life. Instead he became the highest ranking official in Babylon! Daniel, of course, had many close encounters with death on his way up the ladder to success, including an incident in a den of hungry lions, but he too, never wavered from the fulfillment of his duties to both God and his fellow man.
Joseph, Esther and Daniel have fascinating stories to tell, and yet they lived in wicked and periolous times, and although they were just teenagers at the time of their most traumatic experiences, they kept the faith, stayed the course and fulfilled their destiny.
And who can forget the teenaged David stoning old Goliath!? It would be mighty difficult trying to explain "stoned" to a teenager today - as throwing a rock or pebble, not getting "stoned" by inhaling, sniffing or shooting up. Oh well, I still say "they don't make teenagers like they used to in biblical times".
As for me - I want to fulfill the job God has planned for ME down here on planet Earth, and then one day I hope to hear my Savior say to me..."Well done my good and faithful servant...enter thou into my kingdom!"
Oh, what a glorious day!
Joseph's profile: Gen,37, and throughout Genesis)
Esther's story: Book of Esther, Holy Bible)
Daniel's story: Book of Daniel, any version
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