Another one down. What’s really going on in the inner city? Actually, no city is safe these days. But this deep and intense hatred of each other is just so senseless. Rodney King said, “Can’t we all just get along?” What are we really fighting for or against anyway? I just can’t seem to wrap my head around it. Is it really territories? Seems like there’s enough land for everyone. I mean I didn’t get my 40 acres and a mule or anything but somehow God blessed for .13 acres, 3 dogs and a cat. Is it drugs? Again, it seems that there are plenty to go around–not that I’m an advocate or anything. I don’t believe this was a part of Dr. King’s dream–that we kill each other off like savage beasts. And yet, we cannot lock ourselves in our homes and never come out for fear of what may happen. Nor should we lose countless hours of rest for fear of what might be. We can’t watch over the entire city at once. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain (Ps. 127:1).” Our ancestors fought for our freedom but still we’ve enslaved each other.
It’s really our responsibility as parents to discipline and to teach our children, generations of them, how to live side by side and with respect for the next person. The job is too big for schools–they’re busy teaching tolerance of sexual preferences. It’s not the job of law enforcement. After L.A.’s SWAT team suffered its first loss in ’08, they seem more agitated (and who could blame them) and are now shooting first and asking questions later. We can put bandages on and offer topical solutions if we please but until we seriously study the root cause of these behaviors and then seek to provide serious long-term and permanent solutions, sadly many more will needlessly suffer senseless losses. Just another violent night.
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