The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:3
Today I am scheduled to serve on a panelist at a teen conference against violence. The other members of the panelist are a minister, police chief, sheriff, and juvenile officer. I am the educator. I am also a student of divinity and we are studying about Christian martyrs or rather Christian persecutions. It was difficult for me to hear the story of Saints Perpetua and Felicity. It was difficult for me to internalize the struggle of the early Christians, because I live in America, where freedom of religion is all that I know. It is profoundly difficult for me to hear of senseless abuse, destruction, and violence by young people, because I live in America and we are better then that.
I am not eager to serve on this panel. How do you tell members of a generation, inundated with violence to stop being violent? How do you tell a less verbal generation to talk more and express through words, not physical force? What do you say to members of a generation, that appear to fail to distinguish, between a “cheese puff” and “human life” when making value judgments? How do you revive a generation that has “flat-lined” on morality? How do you tell an older generation, you have not given the attention and focus to that which is most precious, our future – our children? How do you tell all generations, you must live amongst a generation that is not wise? But, most of all, how do you correct these woes?
When I searched the term violence in my Bible, there were about 57 references, God thank you very much for 2 Samuel 22:3 and Isaiah 60:18. I found comfort in reading them. Perhaps there will come a day when…Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.Isaiah 60:18
God bless… in Jesus Name I pray… Be Happy and Do Good!
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.