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When we see violence and other evil actions all around us—not only in the streets, but also the greed and cheating in politics and the corporate world—we ask the question, “What causes such lawlessness? And most importantly, “How can we reduce it?” Our Lord identified the cause of all evil behavior. We read His words in Matthew 15:19, “From the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.” Now before you say, “That’s not me,” recall that Paul the Apostle says we have all violated God’s moral laws. In Romans chapter 3, he quotes the Scriptures that say, “No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away, all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” So since we are all prone to evil and evil originates in our core, our heart, we cannot hope to change our outward behavior unless the core is changed. Yes, we can and must treat symptoms of injustice by fostering justice and equity, living out and practicing love. In fact, good deeds of love, justice, and equity help soften the inner core and point people to the One who can change us on the inside—the Spirit of God. But it is He who transforms our core. He does it when we invite Jesus Christ to live inside of us. He helps us say no to evil behavior.

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  • William C. White says:

    This is well said. And I do believe that the only way to reduce violence is to increase the relationship we have with Jesus. The question becomes how do we do it. the reality is I don’t believe that we will. The closer that we move to the second coming of Jesus the farther our society moves away from Jesus. So what is our hope I believe is exactly what we spoke about, out Hope is in Jesus. And all we can do is share the good fight of faith, pray without stoping, love our neighbor and let our light shine. And let the Holy Spirit do the rest. Thanks again for such a strong statement.

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