ahhh, youth….

“Inner strength is our most powerful weapon”
Hans Scholl

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents,
the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love.
When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Sophia Loren

(a curious killdeer / Mackinac Island / Julie Cook / 2017)

Today’s headlines are rife with the misdeeds, shenanigans and out right barbarism
of our younger generations…

Just today there was a heinous story about a group of teens, ages 14 to 16, who had actually videoed a disabled man drowning in a retention pond in Florida…
Worse, they did nothing in the way of offering assistance or getting help—

And what is even more unconscionable, they later posted the video online
where they are heard mocking, cursing and ridiculing the drowning / dying man.

This latest incident comes on the heels of the continued reports of the ongoing
unrest raging on many of nation’s college campuses. Ever since November’s election
we continue witnessing students protesting, rioting, marching and simply
causing all manner of mayhem in the name of their presumption to a freedom
of expression.

Now don’t get me wrong…not all our youth are bad, spoiled, hateful or even evil.

However it just seems that those who do as they should, who do what is right, who
strive to be positive examples are never the ones highlighted, recognized or
applauded for taking the higher moral road.

My editing friend at Plough Publishing House has sent out another book recently…
At The Heart Of The White Rose…Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl
Edited by Inge Jens

I doubt my publishing friend is aware that four years ago I had actually
written a post about this youthful brother and sister duo.
It was a post written after reading the book
A Nobel Treason–The Story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Revolt Against Hitler.

I often think about this young brother and sister especially when I see the stories
about our own young people today.

I often think about the ultimate sacrifice this bother and sister made during
their own generation’s time of madness.

I think of their conviction and bravery.
I think of their selflessness.
I think of how they chose to fight for a cause without violence or temper tantrums.
I think of how they never backed down once they were caught and tried.
Never ashamed of what was really the Truth and what was a lie.
They never acquiesced, never gave in, never gave up.

I’m just starting the new book.

It’s a collection of letters and diary entries.
An intimate window into the lives of two ordinary kids who simply wanted to live,
grow and learn…
yet who opted to take a stand against a very real evil—
not something merely perceived or imagined.

They risked everything.
And in the end, they lost everything.

And yet their story which is decades old remains most relevant to this day.
Perhaps even more so given our own precarious time of anger and angst run amuck.

When we look around to our own current day’s madness…
I pray that we may remember that there will remain those who know right from wrong
despite the maddening times claiming otherwise…

here is a link to that original post……


Do not be deceived:
God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption,
but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand….

Galatians 6:7-11

32 comments on “ahhh, youth….

  1. ColorStorm says:

    Good post J.

    Brutal tale.

    I disagree completely though that the young fools/criminals cannot/should not be charged with ANYTHING.

    Uh hello? They aided and abetted in the death of a human being. No crime here? Tie cement blocks around their ankles, throw them in the ocean, while laughing boaters watch them as they sink, then raise the ropes while they gasp for air; then ask them what should be done to the onlookers who did nothing as they nearly died in unimaginable panic.

    I suggest they will seal their own sentence.

  2. Lynda says:

    Society has forever lamented the behaviour of the youth: “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” (Socrates)

    Youth have a passion that we learn to control or squash as we grow into adulthood and are taken over by the responsibilities that we acquire as we age. You are correct when you mention that the negative is always highlighted in the news. I would like to believe that good news is unexciting because it is the common way of living – and I do believe that for I have seen our youth doing small acts of mercy and extraordinary acts of mercy very quietly and without fanfare.

    Let’s remember those who are engaged in the work of Christ, no matter how small the contribution seems to be, and not be discouraged by the headlines in the news. Our Lord is in control of God’s world.

  3. Melissa Presser, Lover of Jesus says:

    Where did you purchase the book? I’d like to get it

    • which one? This latest on the dairies comes from Plough Publishing—the first one, The story of the Nobel Treason–well, it’s actually in the Ignatius Press Catalog—but you can get it from Amazon….

      • Melissa Presser, Lover of Jesus says:

        Which one are you reading now, the second one?

      • I read Nobel Treason first—that’s the one I wrote the post on 4 years ago—that’s the link there at the bottom of today’s post–
        The new book is the one the publishing house sent which is the collection of diary entries. I recommend the first book, to be read first—A Nobel Treason. The Ignatius Press Catalog came in the mail yesterday and I saw they were still offering A Nobel Treason—but if memory serves, I probably got from Amazon.
        It’s a hard read only because of the pure madness of the times

      • Melissa Presser, Lover of Jesus says:

        Ok gotcha. I see the second one on Barnes and Noble I’ll look for the first one now.

      • you can get the second from the Plough Publishing—they have a great collection

      • Melissa Presser, Lover of Jesus says:

        Ok looking now

  4. Melissa Presser, Lover of Jesus says:

    Ordered- I found one at the library and one at Barnes and Noble

  5. Citizen Tom says:

    Did not know the Nazis used the guillotine. Not surprised. It is intended to terrorize, but to use it on young people just for passing out leaflets…… Yet that is the sort of behavior that characterizes the tyrant. That is what we are starting to see.

    About every 80 years there is a great conflict. World War II was the last. It began in 1939. If history repeats itself as usual we are about to see another great conflict. With whom? Not obvious. Too many possibilities. Even some sort of internal conflict like the Civil War is possible. In fact, we are not far from the point of having such a war.

    What leads to great conflict? What leads to conflict among people?

    James 4:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
    Pride Promotes Strife

    4 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

    6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:

    “God resists the proud,
    But gives grace to the humble.”

    Most of us Americans don’t stop to think that the Germans elected Hitler. We don’t dwell upon the fact that the Germans are culturally quite advanced, that when they put Hitler in charge they thoroughly violated the teachings of Jesus Christ. We forget we are no better than they.

    • Exactly Tom—and yes, the guillotine…a fact that surprised me as well and one I found poignant or ironic or both in that the leaflets were more of an intellectual guerrilla warfare of sorts—and so how interesting that the Gestapo put the utmost importance on the silencing of these kids by cutting off their heads—severing the intellect from the heart and the body…..
      Maybe proof was better this way in that in a firing squad the bullet could miss its mark—not the blade however.

      And you’re right…the people did elect Hitler. A German people that had given us Goethe, Dürer, Luther (some may argue that one 😉 )
      Einstein, Kepler, Mendelssohn ,Bach, Beethoven, Händel, Edith Stien, Maximilian Kolbe, Bonhoeffer,…the list is practically endless—a people so richly gifted–a people who I dare say our own current day academics and liberal intelligentsia would find hard pressed to argue how the likes of such gifted, far thinking and deep reaching individuals could somehow be brainwashed by a maniacal small little man…..

      So no one in their puffy arrogant, egotistical thinking smugness is ever exempt now are they….something many in this country would be behooved to note…

      When you separate man from his true Creator…when you decide that there are greater “creators” at arms length, then that is when man will fall every time….

      • Citizen Tom says:

        When you separate man from his true Creator…when you decide that there are greater “creators” at arms length, then that is when man will fall every time….

        I would say “amen”, but that means “so be it.” Here, the correct words are “so it is”. No matter how much we may wish it were otherwise, God is God, and none of us can take His place.

      • I just wish mankind would quit trying to do so

  6. M.K. Aneal says:

    Wow! What a great post!! Glad I found your blog. I’m going to look into those books. 🙂

  7. SLIMJIM says:

    Man I’m still too stunned with the first half of your post…about what happened in Florida and how cold these kids were. What a contrasts with those other kids from the White Rose Revolt.

  8. Indeed there are those who do know right from wrong it’s just that the liberal media won’t talk about them. They want to frighten people into panic mode! 😦 😦 😦

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