Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow recently helped to pose many questions regarding the culture of a community where such callousness regarding rape and assault occurred. (Be advised, the hyperlinked article is graphic in its description of the elements of the case.)
>> Are American teens infected with a psychological epidemic that has eroded much of their capacity to connect with genuine emotion and is, therefore, crushing their empathy?
>> Are they no longer able to look upon the actual events of their lives with no more actual investment and actual concern and actual courage than they would look upon a fictional character in a movie?
>> Have they become absent from their own lives and those of others?
>> Is the new norm to be a bystander in their own lives as well as the lives of others, blandly choosing to not to step forward to save a victim?
And, for us, how are we to respond to this disturbing trends? Where should the Gospels be speaking to young people during these times? How can we empower parents to address this within their families? What can we do to discourage the behaviors that even hint towards such a cultural mindset with our churches and youth ministry efforts?
We have lots of questions….