Unless you were living under a rock with no cell reception, you’re aware that another shooting tragedy rocked our nation last week. My heart aches for the Parkland community and those affected by this horrifying act. But I have to ask, where were we? Let me clarify to whom I am referring to when I use the word “we”. It refers to most of us – myself included.
You see, our nation has become so divided by our differences. Tragedies like last week’s shooting should unite us, but instead we quickly grab a political stand on the issue and breed more anger into a situation already dominated by evil. The thing is, we may be able to control or limit the type of weapon used in a violent act, but the violence won’t stop.
We need to get to the core of the issue.
Violence is a heart matter and we are missing (or in this case ignoring) the signs. How many of us make a point of staying out of other people’s business? We don’t want to get involved for a number of reasons – like our own family problems, the fear of offending someone, or we’re just plain too busy. I know I am guilty on all counts.
What if we noticed a withdrawn or troubled adolescent and reached out to him or her? How about inviting the child or adolescent to youth group, church, or even lunch? Let’s ask a parent of a troubled child to coffee. There is a generation of broken children out there and we can point fingers at the parents, gun laws, healthcare, etc, but the solution can begin with us.
So, would you prayerfully join me? Let’s allow ourselves to be inconvenienced and maybe a bit uncomfortable. Let’s work on building relationships instead of tearing each other down. Mentor a child. Come alongside a parent. You or I may be the key to getting them the help they need. Who knows, we may even save a life or two.
Until next time,
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)