We live in violent times

We do not all have to be violent

After the horrific incidents in El Paso and in Dayton over the past weekend, voices across the country are seeking someone or something to blame for the actions of those two individuals.  People are seeking a way to turn off these violent times.

That is a normal reaction, we all want a logical answer to why did something happened. Sometimes there is a logical answer sometimes there isn’t one. People also want a simple solution, something to make things better, to make others less violent and the quicker the solution the more people think that’s the right thing to do.  The reality is, it usually isn’t, what quick solutions do offer is folks a way to temporarily ignore the  actual root of the problem, we fix the symptom not the illness.   

Some are blaming the incident in El Paso on the rhetoric of  President Trump, is it to blame, no, violent behavior is undertaken by those who are not able to control their emotions. For example, in 2015 there were 336 mass shootings (4 or more people were victims i.e. wounded or killed) 358 were killed, 1337 were wounded. Were those President Obama’s fault? Of course not.  Violent people behave violently, that is just a fact of life.

The problem lies with some people’s inability to adapt to a changing world, and putting weapons in the hands of those who are not stable enough to own them. We need to work on comprehensive solutions to the problem, not just spewing forth emotional diatribes because it fits a specific agenda and as I mentioned early those hoping for a “quick” fix.  Politicians, pundits on both sides of the aisle need to ratchet down the rhetoric. Stop talking about sending folks back, invasions, and punching someone in the face, let’s try respect.  

We might also try practicing what is taught in Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor;”  If we claim to BE Christians, then we must live as Christians, not just pay lip service to the idea.  

If you are interested in how we as Christians can insure we both get and offer respect, that message is here

God bless y’all and peace

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