How You Can Stem the Tide of Violence Today

February 14

The LORD tests the righteous,
            but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

Psalm 11:5

Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of violence we’re exposed to in our culture? I read a recent study that said the average child today will see 200,000 acts of violence (including 6,000 murders) on television by the time he or she reaches age 18. It’s alarming!

This epidemic of violence in the media is hardening our society to the point where many have become numb when they hear about real problems. We see genocide around the world, murders in our cities, and infanticide in the wombs of many mothers right here in America, and many people don’t even care.

Thousands of years ago, God gave the commandment to the Israelites, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). And throughout history, the act of wantonly taking the life of another has been condemned… all the way back to Cain and Abel, the children of Adam and Eve. That’s because one of the most horrific results of the sin is hatred between people, which often fleshes out in murder.

So what can we do to counter this epidemic of violence? Well, it begins in the home by creating a culture of life, not death. Be careful about the type of media you and your family allow to enter your mind. Help stem the tide against violence by loving life, not death!


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