In the last few years, violence has seeped into new areas of life. Violence used to only be associated with crime. Thugs mugged unsuspecting people or invaded their homes. Family members who committed domestic violence were arrested and prosecuted. Assault, rape and murder were seen as violent crimes. They still are. But violent crime has increased. In some cities, a day doesn’t pass without a drive-by-shooting and scores of other violent crimes. According to a CDC survey, 44% of teens experienced violence in the previous 12 months.*
But, things are worse than just a rise in crime. Now violence is accepted by many as a form of speech and protest. Multiple riots occurred across the U.S. in 2020. Destruction of property and assault on citizens and police occurred on numerous occasions. On many college campuses, political speakers are shouted down. On social media, hateful words are directed at people expressing unpopular views. Politicians use the rhetoric of violence to stir supporters to action. They also ignore violent acts that support their political cause.
Doesn’t it seem like the vicious and the violent are winning? Are you tempted to emulate their tactics? Don’t. Listen to Proverbs 3:31-32, “Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.” (NIV)
*”Violence Impacts Teens’ Lives,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, February 2021, https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/teen-violence-impact/index.html
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