Who Is Temar Boggs?

He’s a 15 year old teenager from Pennsylvania that saved a 5 year old girl by chasing down her abductor. Temar did not know the little girl or her family, but when he heard that a little girl was missing, he and his friends were on the look out.

JocelynWhen he spotted a little girl in the back of a suspicious car, the fifteen minute bike chase began. The predator realized he had been spotted so he pushed little Jocelyn Rojas out of the car and sped off. Jocelyn ran to Temar’s arms and said, “I need to see my mommy.”

Just Doing What’s Right

Temar Boggs is being called a hero. But Temar says, “I’m just a normal person who did a thing that anybody else would do. It was a blessing for me to make that happen.” Temar Boggs

I’m not sure about that. I’m not sure that he did something that anybody else would do. We all talk wanting to make a difference…about teaching our kids to do what’s right. But when it comes right down to it, are we raising our children to truly want to help others and to take a stand for what is right?

As Joe Carter of The Gospel Coalition says, “While most Christian parents, like Boggs mom, teach their children to help others, we tend to add an unspoken caveat. We want our children to “love their neighbor” as long as it doesn’t put our kids at risk for emotional or physical harm. How many of us would cringe at the idea of our young teen chasing after a kidnapper? I know I did, and I suspect I’m in the majority.

When they are young we read our kids tales of heroism, like the Narnia stories or the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But then we teach them that in the “real world” heroism is reserved for people with qualified occupations (e.g, police officer, firefighter, soldier). We teach them to be concerned primarily with their own safety and security and leave the dangerous work to the adults with the badges and guns.

But shouldn’t all Christian children be taught that they are called to be heroes? They may not all be needed to chase kidnappers down on their bikes. And they need to learn the difference between courage and recklessness. But how can we expect them to truly be like Christ — who gave his life for us — when we teach them not to get involved?

Young Mr. Boggs is right: It was a blessing that he was able to save that young girl. As Christian parents we should teach our children that to be such a blessing too. Because they follow the greatest hero of all, Jesus Christ, we should not fear when our children risk all for the sake of others in need.”

You can find out more about Temar Boggs on Yahoo News!

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