The Quick Scan by Mike Ramey



      It seems that every time we read about a teen or young adult involved in a horrific crime, one of the first things that ‘leaps’ out of his/her background is the fact that he/she was the product of a broken—or single parent—home.  What the ‘mainstream mess’ and social media bytes leaves out is how many times this teen/young adult hoodlum (ie gang banger or thuggette) received good advice from a trusted relative, teacher, friend or mentor and STILL decided that they wanted to do things ‘their way’…and are now in front of a judge.

      You reap what you sow—especially IF you have been told where NOT to go!

      Let’s fess up folks.  In looking around my own neighborhood, there are MORE married couples than single ones.  Of course, the married folks own their own homes, many of them keep a tight leash on their children, and there is a rather large support system of extended family that aids in steering the younger children in the right direction.

      OK…we’ve seen some adults ‘wearing’ single parenthood as a ‘badge of honor’.  Watch many of your video commercials and see many of the ‘single’ actors/actresses ‘bragging’ about how hard it is to be a single parent.  IF the truth be told, MANY single parents (women) are single because of their OWN stupidity because THEY didn’t listen to a trusted relative, friend, or mentor.  Worse yet, they held onto their single attitude so tightly that they ‘forced out’ their spouse!

      Now you know where the child gets it from.  Amen!

      God allows each of our paths to cross the paths of other individuals who can serve as mentors to show us the RIGHT way to conduct ourselves and provide some much-needed wisdom in our lives.  What I can’t seem to understand is that there is such an overabundance of mentors to help folks in the workplace—but when it comes to the home, mentors are woefully lacking OR sorely ignored.  In the long run, home is MORE important than the job.  IF solid relationships cannot be forged and founded in the home, the results become VERY visible in the school, workplace, or society.

      In the KJV Bible, the subject of mentoring gets very serious discussion.  In the Books of I and II Timothy and Titus, older ministers are to mentor or ‘teach’ younger ministers; older men are instructed in the art of teaching younger men; and older women are instructed in the art of teaching younger women in how to keep their homes, children, and marriages.  The reason why is obvious—those who have gone before us have accumulated much wisdom of how life works in Jesus Christ and society in general.  Their wisdom—again—is based upon those who are being mentored heeding what has been taught to them.

      Folks, we make a ‘big deal’ about our ancestors.  Here’s a tip…why don’t we listen to the older folk who are here WITH us in the present, instead of treating them like a piece of furniture?  The REAL reason why many folks cry at funerals is that they failed to take advantage of what Mama and Daddy told them to.  The treasure of wisdom that has been buried with the gravediggers tools is rich, indeed.  Now that they have ‘crossed over’ Jordan, there is a need for their wisdom.  Too bad that they were not heeded while they were here.

      Mike Ramey is a Retired Minister, KJV Bible Teacher, syndicated columnist and Bible Prophecy Specialist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Quick Scan” is one of a variety of his columns appearing and abounding in print and cyberspace, written from a biblical, business, and common-sense perspective since 1996.  To drop him a line—or a whine—the address is still the same:  ©2023 Barnstorm Communications International.


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Rev. M. G. “Mike” Ramey (Retired) served as the Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist & Media Consultant of “The Gang Line”. He had been interviewed in the U. S. and abroad on radio, television, and Internet about the dangers of Modern Street Gangs since 2007. His writings on Modern Street Gangs abound in print and online. Previously, he served as an award-winning broadcast journalist, producer, and TV/Radio talk show host. He has also served as a staff writer, section editor, and syndicated columnist. Ramey has won—or helped to win—some two dozen journalism awards and citations. He also holds a Police Citation for Citizen Bravery from the Indianapolis Police Department (1986). Ramey is also married, an Ordained Minister (Retired) and a KJV Bible Teacher.

Ramey is a Certified Modern Street Gangs Specialist with Certifications in Law Enforcement (2006), Non-Law Enforcement (2010), and Gangs & Cults Ministry (2017). He also has endorsements in K-12 Gang Issues and Transnational Gangs. He also carries Specialist Ratings in Cult/Occult Crime, and Transnational Human Trafficking. Ramey has also served with several International anti-gang ministries, including of Washington state (2004-2009), Thug Exposed Ministries of California (2010 to 2015) and Bishop Outreach Ministries of Florida (2010 to 2015).

In 2011 “The Gang Line” offered training and certification coursework for those interested in becoming certified Modern Street Gang Specialists: Training approaches the anti-gang ministry field through the combined use of spiritual (biblical principles/discipleship) and criminal (gang members and gang crime). From 2015-2017, Ramey served as an Advisory Board Member for the School of Criminal Justice at Harrison College, Indianapolis, Indiana, with a specialty of Organized Crime & Gangs. From 2017-2019, Ramey served as a Bible Teacher to at-risk detained juvenile offenders at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center with his own Bible-based Curriculum centering upon Biblical Life Skills taught from the Book of Proverbs.

Rev. Ramey’s skill set includes having been a veteran substitute teacher (Secondary Education), a college instructor for two Bible colleges in the Indianapolis, Indiana area, a Probation Officer (Intensive/High Risk & School-Based) with the Marion County Juvenile Court, and a peer grant reviewer of anti-gang grant programs with the U.S. Department of Justice (2010). He also created, designed, and taught the course “Modern Street Gangs: Developing Urban Ministry Strategies—UM-190” at Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (2009 & 2010). In 2013, Ramey served as a post-production Consultant for Chick Publications’ national anti-gang comic: “Black Angel”. It was translated into Spanish in 2014.

Ramey has written extensively on the topic of Modern Street Gangs with two Internet columns: “The Gang Line” and “The Gang Line Blogger” which abound in cyberspace. In a post-pandemic society, the motto of The Gang Line still rings true: “Spiritual Solutions for Spiritual Problems!”

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