To the editor:
Although I didn't see "Dr. Phil" on Jan. 17, it was refreshing to realize that someone has finally diagnosed the problem with what the world now knows as the Steubenville rape case. Whether you agree what he said or not, it's true that many of our youth, and even some of our adults, lack a moral compass.
Dr. Phil's words made me wonder how many of your readers know where to find this guiding tool. You see, many think that a moral compass is developed by setting boundaries and rules, but the truth is, I've seen that technique fail more often than it succeeds, because a moral compass needs to come from within a person not from the outside.
His words also prompted me to send a challenge to parents or grandparent to commit 2013 to giving the child in your life a moral compass. The best way to do that is find a Christ-centered church and get them involved. I'll be honest, there's no guarantee that simply attending church will do it, but if you'll find a good church where the emphasis is put on Jesus Christ, the odds will increase tremendously. If you get involved by attending at least three Sundays a month and make sure there is some sort of children or youth ministry that your child enjoys, the odds will go up even more. And to ensure a moral compass, help your child develop a relationship with Christ. A young person with a true Christ relationship will have a strong moral compass.
All of your readers are invited to Sycamore Tree Church, located at 301 N. Fourth St. in Steubenville. We'd love to help your family develop a strong moral compass. You'll find a place where you can be yourself and your children will have a blast. Worship starts at 11 a.m. and Sunday School at 10 a.m. You'll find all details online at www.SycamoreTreeChurch.com
But we don't have the corner on the Jesus market. Even though not all churches are created equal, you'll find many congregations where Jesus Christ and your relationship with him is more important than the clothes you wear or the rules you follow. Any of them will be more than happy to help the Ohio Valley find the answer to this moral dilemma.
Let's do everything in our power to ensure that our children avoid being on either side of a lawsuit like the one that brought Dr. Phil into the Ohio Valley. We should take the good doctor's advice and give them a solid moral compass. The best way to do that is instill in them a value system that has been producing strong people of integrity for 2,000 years, a standard of living based on a relationship instead of rules, built on love and nurtured by grace. Let's make 2013 the year that changes our children and gives them the advantage they need to succeed.
Sycamore Tree Church