Thursday, July 19, 2007

Murderous Mom

It seems that the mother of a gang member drove him and his buddies to a skate park to kill a 13-year-old boy they had a grudge against. In gang life, a grudge can come from being looked at the wrong way. It’s a warped world but the one they live in. Read the story here.

I’m not surprised. We have a gang house across the street and it is the mother who holds the whole thing together. Of course there’s no dad, he’s in jail.

And it’s not just her. There seems no shortage of the motherly type women who shuttle the gang guys around. So it’s not hard to believe that these women are hauling the guys to their graffiti jobs, fights and whatever else gang life requires.

I’m sure the California gang mom did plenty of lawless shuttling before she made the decision to participate in murder. Maybe she was like the mom across the street who fawns over the gang guys like they are some kind of heroes, telling everyone to hide in the back when the police come. When necessary she gets into the face of the police telling them “I know my rights.” Her sons know she will always be their advocate, regardless of what they do. Hey, when they get some young teenage girls drunk and bring them into the house for the gang sex initiation, you’ll not get a word of correction from her. This is gang life.

Proverbs 29:15 says: The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. It’s sad that some children are not only left to themselves but also discipled in the ways of evil. May the offenders millstone be heavy (Mark 9:42).

Philip

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