Two more mass shootings occurred this past weekend. 9 dead in Dayton, Ohio. 20 more dead in El Paso, Texas. 67 others injured.
Maybe we should just sit quietly with these numbers and reflect.
I would hope that it would surprise and appall you to hear that these were the 20th and 21st mass shootings just this year—and we just entered August. But I fear we are becoming numb to such news. Such killings—random executions—have become so commonplace that we barely notice. What has happened to us? We cower and act as though there is nothing we can do.
We are concentrating on several Old Testament prophets in our worship in August with a common theme to “Be Brave.” I believe it’s time for us to notice again. It’s time to be filled with moral outrage at such carnage and to stand up to the ones that protect the hate speech that fuels such attacks and the ones who seem to believe any attempt to control the flow of guns is an assault on their liberty.
We need all of God’s people to Be Brave. To stand boldly and proclaim “Enough!” We must sit idly by no longer.
It starts with me. I must seek change within my own heart before I can hope to change another’s. I must pray. I believe prayer changes things. I must become aware of the scope of this issue and to commit myself to speak truth to the halls of power where the stroke of a pen moves mountains. I must call to account those who benefit and profit from such violence.
We are called to be Peacemakers. We are Co-Creators with God—partners in building The Kingdom of Heaven. It can’t wait anymore. Now is the time.