Baptist Leader Faults Parents For Juvenile Delinquency

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Fred Luter says parents must raise children "in the fear and admonition of the Lord"

Pastor Fred Luter acknowledges the crowd at the Southern Baptist Convention prior to to being elected as the first African-American vice president of the organization, Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in Phoenix. The move to elect Luter comes at the same time the SBC is making a push for greater participation among what it sometimes calls its "non-Anglo" members in the life of the convention, particularly in leadership roles. Luter's church is one of an estimated 3,400 black churches in the nation's largest Protestant denomination, a small minority of more than 45,700 total SBC-affiliated churches with about 16 million members total. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans pastor who's expected to become the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention says parents are the key to stopping rampant juvenile delinquency, but the church can help.

The Rev. Fred Luter is unopposed as Southern Baptists prepare to elect a new president when they meet in New Orleans June 19 and 20.

Luter says many of today's young people "have no regard for the law, no regard for life and no respect."

The answer, he says, must start with parents raising their children "in the fear and admonition of the Lord" instead of letting them run wild in the streets committing crimes.

Luter says it's up to the church to come alongside parents and give them the tools they need to bring up their children.

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