At the risk of one more post just after one more episode of violence, I thought I’d weigh in with my heart. I’m tired of eating violence for breakfast. Each morning I wake up and take a peek at what’s happening in the world. Lately my twitter feed, the local news, the national news, the world news, all drips of violence and death. My children are growing up in a world where extreme violence is normal. We exhibit a measure of shock every morning and then we grow a little more calloused and numb to it all. America, we were once a people of life and relative peace. Now we eat violence for breakfast.
I wish I had solutions to offer in 750 words or less but this is complicated. Politicians, officials, and well intended people will work for pragmatic solutions but it won’t work if that’s all we do. This, my friends, is a heart problem. Only God can remedy the heart.
So while we work for pragmatic and political solutions, might we lament and cry out to God in prayer. Might we love others like Jesus loves people. Might we (the church of Jesus Christ) offer the people of our culture, no matter how different, our service, our love, and the refreshing good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Might we throw off hate, anger, and fear, and exhibit faith, hope, and love. Now’s the time church. I’m tired of eating violence for breakfast.