Saturday, October 20, 2007

Battle Cry for a Generation by: Ron Luce

The youth pastor of my church recommended a book to every parent, grandparent or adult member of our church. The book is Battle Cry for a Generation.

After having read this book, it is obvious that Ron Luce understands today’s teenager and most importantly he has been able to articulate the struggles and fight that teenager’s face today.

Knoxville, TN unfortunately made it in the book on page 50 of Chapter 2 entitled Know Your Enemy. This chapter deals with the tidal wave of today’s media, Television and movies, The Internet, Music, Video Games. The story on Knoxville records that a “$246 million lawsuit was filed against the designer , marketer, and a retailer of the video game series Grand Theft Auto by the families of two people shot by teenagers (in Knoxville, TN) who were apparently inspired by the game. The suit claims that marketer Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., designers Take-Two Interactive Software and Rockstar Games, and Wal-Mart are liable for $46 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages. Aaron Hamel, 45, a registered nurse, was killed. Kimberly Bede, 19, of Montea, Virginia, was seriously wounded when their cars were hit on June 25 by a .22-caliber bullets as they passed through the Great Smoky Mountains. Stepbrothers William Buckner, 16, an Joshua Buckner, 14, of Newport, were sentenced in August to an indefinite term in state custody after pleading guilty in juvenile court to reckless homicide, endangerment, and assault. The boys told investigators they got the rifles from a locked room in their home and decided to randomly shoot at tractor-trailer rigs, just like players do in the video game Grand Theft Auto 3.”

With all the school shootings and the decay of our society, it is time for all of us to step up and lead the next generation. To do anything less is to destroy our society.

This is a must read for all adults that care about our future.

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