The War On Our Children

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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Ephesians 6:12 – There’s a war on our children!

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The War On Our Children

If you believe the latest series of events that have taken place in the news concerning children in the last several weeks or what’s happening to our children all over the globe is a coincidence, then allow me to assist with the proper tool to burst your own bubble. Several weeks ago Justin Ross Harris locked his child in his suv strapped in a car seat while he went to work and spent hours at his desk sexting during which time his baby son was dying of heat stroke. Just days ago, a mother left her infant daughter in a hot van for several hours twice while she attended a funeral. She told the police she thought she dropped the baby off at the babysitter’s house with the other children. A few days after this, another couple was arrested for leaving three of their children locked in a car while they went gambling. Today, a 25-year mother was arrested for leaving her 18-month baby locked in a 103 degree car while she went up stairs and went to sleep. She claims she simply forgot the baby was in the car after removing the baby’s twin and a six-year old. Prior to these incidents, 13 other children have died of heat stroke from parents leaving them locked and unattended in vehicles. Last year, the number was 44.

I’m not ignorant to the fact that heat stroke and car related injuries aren’t the only things killing our children, or the hard times that are present in almost every home. However, I am sure that the reason our children are dying at a rapid pace is because they are products of overexposure to deadly environments and non-existent or bad parenting.  Women are having children but don’t want to be parents. Yeah, it’s fun to have baby showers and to shop for cute little clothes and shoes to show off to our so-called friends and family. But it’s no longer fun when you can’t get a babysitter so you can go bust the club up or go spend time with yet another man who’s not going to father your child. It’s not fun anymore when your child gets sick and you have to take unpaid sick days to stay home and take care of them. Cute doesn’t describe how you’re forced to raise a child alone because you had unprotected sex and got pregnant from an immature idiot who could care less about raising a child.

Don’t even get me started on the things parents, especially younger parents, are exposing their children to. Loud, demonic, hate-filled, and lust-filled music and videos are just to name a few. Nowadays children learn the verses to rap music and tv shows before they learn their abc’s. Children learn to twerk before they learn Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes. A preschooler will swear at a teacher before he or she could recite or say their name upon request. They can throw up the deuces before the number of their age on their fingers. And, let’s not go there on how little girls go to school dressed like baby prostitutes.

But this is a well-devised plan of the enemy; deceive the parents and snatch the babies. Preoccupy their minds with so much carnal foolishness like pride (showing off on social media), people (multiple irresponsible relationships) and music (hate-filled rhetoric), that their children become easy prey. The reason the devil has so much access to children is because of the foothold he has inside the lives of the parents. How could a parent, especially a mother, leave or forget their child in a hot car to die? Simple, that child was never on their mind. When you are a mother, by reason of giving birth to a child, and your child is the last thing on your mind, deep down, you really haven’t come to grips with the fact that you are a mother who is responsible for the life of another human being. Honestly put, you’re a selfish person who either got pregnant by accident or for show. Forgetting about a child in a car is not the equivalent to forgetting your purse, your shoe or your cell phone. There’s no oops I didn’t mean to for that. Purposely leaving a child in a car is complete selfishness. I would forfeit my a million opportunities before I put my child in danger. Someone who understands the reality that an innocent child relies solely on the care and responsible decisions of the adult in their lives always puts their children ahead of their own selfish needs.

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Naomi C. Kellogg

Naomi is an emerging screenwriter and novelist who writes fiction, nonfiction, and dramas. She’s written for a national magazine, run a blog, and headed the communications department for a 501c3 corporation. Naomi is actively completing a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and is a member of the Nation Council of Negro Women (NCNW), St. Petersburg Chapter, where she hopes to inspire young African-American women who aspire to write.

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