The prophet Habakkuk wrote long ago: “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you ‘Violence!’ and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.” (Habakkuk 1:2-3)
These words could have been written yesterday. As we look around there is so much violence:
- sexual violence against women as seen in our media and in the lives of professional sports figures;
- violence on the streets of Wilmington, Del., to the point where people are calling the city “Kill-mington”;
- violence between Ukrainians and Russian-backed separatists
- brutal beheadings of Coptic Christians and many other innocent captives at the hands of ISIS;
- the murder of three young Muslims in North Carolina;
- violence against people of color and violence against the LGBT community.
On the contrary, retaliatory violence creates an endless cycle of more and more destruction. Having more guns, more sophisticated weapons, more “stuff” to fight back with does not make us safer.