Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stop the Violence

In what has become a dreaded but unfortunately familiar scene, nighttime attackers raided a remote Nigerian village near Jos this week and slaughtered six women and children. Violence begets violence, and I anticipate hearing about retribution. Hopefully I’m wrong.

My fallback emotion is fear and anger, but I’m reminded of 2 Timothy 1:7 that says, “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and self-discipline.” Through the grief and pain of those affected directly and indirectly by this new violence, I pray that they (and we) can show Christian love, power, and self-discipline.

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