Ask God how to end violence

Published 10:59pm Monday, June 3, 2013

No one goes looking for a crisis; often we’re unaware of the actual crisis itself until the manifestation of the effects. Like a bad weather report, too often we have experienced bullets falling like rain in our community. When gun violence has become the norm and we continually wonder what tomorrow’s report will be, we are in a crisis.  During such times all sense of normalcy is lost. The trauma of the event, whether it is spiritual, economical, social or political, is unexpected and upsets equilibrium.

The Chinese character that translates into English as crisis is a combination of two characters: one that means dangerous and the other means opportunity. A crisis can be a dangerous opportunity. It can either be the deterrent to our progress and existence, or a healthy reassessment of our foundation. We have the opportunity to save an entire generation from a culture that glorifies violence or we risk losing a whole generation to gunfire. In order to prescribe the medication, there has to be a diagnosis. The diagnosis is that we’ve been living in a bubble. For too long, we have lived comfortably in our insulated bubble only responding when our dwelling has been penetrated or when our loved ones have been impacted.  However, whatever occurs in our community, impacts all of us. It’s easy to point fingers and blame others, however, we’ve learned better and we have decided to choose an alternative response.

First, we choose to be a shoulder to cry on for those dealing with the effects of violence in their lives. It’s always good to know that others are there to genuinely encourage and pray for you instead of being a spectator, scrutinizing your reaction.

Secondly, you may be thinking, “What can I do? I don’t have extra money or much time to volunteer.” But often the biggest impacts don’t require money or even huge sacrifices of your time.  Instead, consider speaking an encouraging or a kind word to those you come in contact with on a daily basis.  Not all solutions to violence involve solving a large problem. But we can reach one person at a time just based on our daily interaction with others.

Lastly, when it comes to violence, there are no easy answers. We must pray for those who are grieving as well as for God to lead us in the right direction on how to address this prevalent issue. The Bible says if we lack wisdom, we can ask and God will give it. It’s encouraging to know that when we’re facing problems that seem insurmountable. We are committed to making our community great for our children and even for our children’s children.

Remember, together we can do the impossible because there’s nothing too difficult for God.

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