Z – Keep away from Crime


The journey into crime is like a resume: Places where young people live is critical for their experience, as are relationships with family, friends, ‘professionals’ and other “influencers”, life events and support or lack thereof and the subjective meaning for them; are all factors contributing to delinquency. Propensity for violence is the result of the accumulation of risk factors, no single one of which is either necessary or suf ficient for a person to behave aggressively toward others.

People will be violent by virtue of the presence or absence of different sets of risk factors. There is no single path in a person’s life that leads to an act of violence. The aggression necessary for most crimes is mostly a learned factor, and can be unlearned.

 … your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray: 

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, 
your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from the evil one.]

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:8 ff NIV

Both victims and criminals are mostly teens. Short-term, “quick fix” job training has not lowered arrest rates. Neither traditional psychotherapy nor behaviour modification has shown great promise as a vehicle for redirecting delinquent and criminal youth.

  To help children and youth grow into productive, constructive adults, they must be supervised, supported, educated, encouraged, cared for and given opportunities to contribute. And they must have positive opportunities for recreation, exploration, and personal growth.

 Cast your cares upon the Lord, for he cares about you. I Peter 5:7 NIV

Saving young people from (a life of) crime, moving criminals back from the edge, only works with love and compassion in the right relationships. It’s not about the hardware, but the heart. To save, one needs to build/replace missing role models, parents, brothers and sisters, mentors, friends; only with a long-term approach of love and care in stable, sustainable and constructive relationships, salvation from crime can last. 



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