An Elder MUST Teach by Mike Ramey


The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.

Crises rise and fall, coming into range fast--and disappearing just as fast. Music may change. Fashions may change. Waistlines and hair colors will change. But, the truth…that will never change. One other thing that will never change…a young person without guidance from an older person won’t make it very far in ANY society.

It has been quite interesting to have such a blessed career as a syndicated columnist. As a columnist, you get the opportunity to regularly survey the landscape and watch the seasons change. You observe the social strata and the people that make up society in the present. And, just when your readership thinks that there you have no new frontiers to write columns about, another ‘jack’ jumps out of the box.

A recent article declared that Millennials had ‘discovered’ that the music of the past--meaning back from the seventies, eighties and nineties--had more meaning than the current music of our tech-dominated age. That got an eye blink from me. It got me to remember when I was a school teacher and several of my students who were in the school jazz band ‘discovered’ old artists like Herbie Hancock. It only cost me a few jazz CDS to pass on a different kind of education--love of music from one generation to the next. My students were appreciative (and I know that their music teacher was glad that they could hear what REAL music sounded like).

IF I may get biblical for a moment, the older members of a society can NOT spend their time running away from the youth of their day. In the days when Jesus Christ walked the earth in the flesh, the hallmark of Hebrew society was that older members of society TAUGHT until they died. The same is true in Oriental society, African society, and Middle Eastern society. Elders MUST not sleep, but MUST teach! THIS is why--in those cultures, among others--old folks are held in such high regard. The wisdom that comes with a grey head is not to be laughed at, but to be sought out.

Elders must TEACH the generation to come; what IS going to come their way. From ‘good religion’ to facing difficulties in life. Someone took the time to teach us! We have a duty to pass it on. If you don’t have kids, or have lost your kids through death, suicide, divorce, an unforgiving spat, or distance, there are other young people at the end of your block from another family who need what you have.

This series of columns is dedicated to get some of us grey heads ready to TEACH by helping us to remember what we have learned by the grace of God, and the passage of time. An old lion can still find his way to the watering hole…or a front porch.

Ramey, a Minister, syndicated columnist and book reviewer is the author of “An Elder Must Teach” and lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. To correspond, drop him an email at © 2019, 2020 Barnstorm Communications.

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Ramey is married and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a Christian, an Ordained Minister and KJV Bible Teacher. Since the 1980s, Ramey has won--or helped to win--multiple journalism awards and citations (including 3 CASPER awards). He holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986) presented by the late Mayor William H. Hudnut III, and an award as ‘Best New Internet Writer’ (2003) “Black Men In” from Mr. Gary Johnson, Publisher.

His career also includes serving as an award-winning broadcast reporter, producer and TV/Radio talk show host in the Indianapolis market since 1981. In addition, Ramey has served as staff writer and section editor for The Indianapolis Recorder, and a freelancer for The Indiana Herald. Ramey has also served as a guest Op-Ed writer for The Indianapolis News, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, and a freelancer for BOTH The Associated Press and USA Today Newspaper (Gannett).

In business as an Anti-Gang Specialist & Consultant since 2007, Ramey is the Modern Street Gangs Specialist of “The Gang Line”. He has been interviewed in the U.S. and abroad on the dangers of Modern Street Gangs. Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gang Specialist, with Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010) and Gangs & Cults (2017) certifications, plus endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues (2010) and Transnational Gang Tactics (2010). He has held workshops, trainings and consultations with and for street-level/school-based personnel. He carries Specialist ratings in the area of Cult/Occult Crime, Transnational Human Trafficking and has served as a national/transnational consultant to various faith-based anti-gang ministries.

Ramey has also served as a veteran substitute licensed teacher (1986-2011), a college instructor, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based 2001-2007) with the Marion County Juvenile Court and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs for the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed and taught the course UM-190 “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies” in 2009 and 2010 at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana for those who desired to serve Jesus Christ in an Urban Ministry environment. Ramey also served as a post-production consultant for Chick Publications’ anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It had a 2013 national release, with an international Spanish-language version released in 2014.

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