At this point 2 weeks have passed since the School shooting in Florida and we are seeing a rise in voices like we have never heard before. My voice here is just a drop in the bucket, and if you’re like me, you quickly grow blind and numb to the opinions being thrown around by everyone on social media after the first 12 hours.
With 1, soon to be 2, kid in the public school system, of course my heart aches and I think of the best possible solution to prevent this devastating tragedy from happening again. I can get behind tighter gun laws, that allow those of use who are responsible owners to still have access. I can get behind beefed up School security, it is needed. I can really get behind our country realizing that mental health is a serious problem that is not being addressed. All of these things play a role in trying to prevent a future school shooting. One will not solve the issue, all 3 need, no MUST be addressed.
There is a 4th component that also needs to be addressed. I am confused as to why so many are saying ‘no more thoughts and prayers, but time for action’. In fact, if you are a follower of Christ, you know this is the most effective tool we have. This has changed lives and continues to change our world. My heart hurts for those who have not experienced the power of prayer and do not see the glorious effects Prayer can have.
This morning I was reading Galatians and I came upon chapter 5, verse 13-15: (MSG) “It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?”
What I am reading here is exactly the 4th component needed to help another School shooting from happening, and it is not being talked about.
It’s not fun to admit and is a hard truth pill to swallow, but some parents are not good parents. Some parents do not have the tools to love and speak life into their kids. Now that is not to say that each parent of a trouble kid fits in this category, and in fact, these parents are the ones who need this 4th component the most.
The 4th component that is not being addressed and talked about, is to love. I know what you’re thinking, how cliche and what does that solve? But hear me out. If you follow this blog and know anything about me, I am all about practical application.
Each weekend, all over this country, there is a church service in your town. Perhaps you attend one, maybe you don’t but should. Each weekend hundreds of kids walk through those doors looking for a friendly face, guidance and to be understood. This is where your part comes in, be that light they need. Show them the power of Jesus and how He has commanded us to love unconditionally. Don’t just talk about it with other adults, be about it with the kids who will be future adults that need us now! I can guarantee your Youth Pastor has the perfect spot for you to serve and be that light God had called us to be, for these kids.
Each weekend, all over this country, there is a church service in your town. Perhaps you attend one, maybe you don’t but should. Each weekend hundreds of kids are not walking through those doors because they don’t know who Jesus is, their parents do not believe in the power his Truth and Love hold. This is where your part comes in, be the light they need. Invite them to come with you to church, teach your kids to befriend them and speak life into theirs. Keep your eyes open for the struggling mom who needs someone to lean on to encourage her in her time of need. Make her a dinner or a plate of cookies. Be the light she needs. Pray with her. Pray with her family. Pray for her kids.
Back to Galatians, THIS is the true act of freedom; love. Active, hands on love is the 4th component.