My dear friend, Stacey’s, son is missing. His name is Jabe Duncan. Jabe has spent the better part of the last year and a half in a teen challenge program to rehabilitate him from the use of drugs. His parents sold everything they owned, and worked several jobs to get him into this program. He graduated this past December, and was currently still seeing a therapist. He disappeared today from school around 10:30. School, the place you think your child is out of danger, and unable to sneak away, or be taken. If you know anything of his whereabouts, please contact someone. I have encouraged mom that he WILL come home, and to not give up.
Another dear friend lost her high school-aged son this past summer to drug use. He was popular, a great guy, a great athlete — made a wrong choice. After his death, teachers, law enforcement, churches, the community, almost everyone wanted to be involved with the “drug problem” that the youth in our community face every day. They see it at school, at home, on the street, almost everywhere they go.
I have an opinion, and I’ve shared it before. It wasn’t met with great response, but I still hold to that opinion.
People can rally together all they want to, and have as many forums as they want to, and educate kids all they want to, we’re still going to have a drug problem, and kids are going to participate if he/she thinks they will be “left out” if they don’t. Until law enforcement cracks down on the people that are providing drugs, we’re going to have a drug problem. As long as kids see their parents living like it’s okay to do whatever makes you feel good, we’re going to have a drug problem. As long as our city officials are saying, it’s okay to have an alcohol district, (who are you kidding? You can drink between these boundary lines, and at this time of day…give me a break), we’re going to have a drug problem. Kids think you’re lame because you drink alcohol in front of them; they want to do something different, bigger, and better. Something to get a stronger “buzz” than what you might be getting. As long as our kids are watching people they consider mentors out whooping it up on the weekends, and back to business on Monday, we’re going have a drug problem. Until they decide to put God back in our schools and in the lives of our children (not just taking them to church, but showing them Jesus), we’re going to have a drug problem. It doesn’t take a village to raise our kids, it takes parents. The village idea is an old African Proverb that Hilary Clinton penned in her book. I prefer the other Book for instruction on how to raise a child. Good kids make bad choices. It’s not a village problem, or a parent problem. Until we get rid of the drugs, it’s going to be there, killing our kids. Show them Jesus. It’s not up to the schools, or city officials to fix it. It’s a drug problem. It’s a heart problem. It’s a sin problem. Show them Jesus.
Deuteronomy 6:7-9 ~ Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.
Update: Reported Wednesday evening February 8, Jabe has been found and is safe. We are thankful.