The Epidemic of Violence is Ravaging Our Nation

On March 22nd, 2014 between 7 and 10 PM, Louisville Metro Police Department received a phone call concerning disorderly behavior on the Waterfront Bridge in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Chief of Police Steve Conrad said there were a total of 17 incidents, 5 robberies, 4 assaults, and the rest criminal mischief from a mob of 200 teenagers.

The violence began when a man at the Waterfront Bridge stepped in to keep a 13-year-old girl from being robbed, and the mob turned on him, badly injuring him. The teen mob was also attacking other innocent civilians on the bridge. Jean Henry said in an interview that she and her husband Jim, 61, were on the bridge with their granddaughters when they knocked down Jim and started kicking him. He kept yelling stop and they fled away. A few minutes later, the same group of teenagers passed again and started mocking the family while their granddaughters were crying.

Next, the mob of teens headed downtown and stormed a local convenience store; the Bader’s Food Mart. When they walked in, the store clerk was attempting to hold them back. The teens knocked the man on the floor and began punching him in the head several times. The suspects then took $100 worth of food in the store and left to inflict more havoc on Louisville citizens.

One woman, who was parked near the Food Mart, was assaulted by the same group of teens. They threw trash cans at her car, jumped and kicked on her car, and then punched her several times in the head in front of her kids who were passengers in that car.

Police are still trying to figure out what caused the violence and hope witnesses and information extracted from social media will bring light to this situation.

This is just one example of many that prove there is an epidemic of violence ravaging our nation. It’s happening in small towns, big cities, with young teenagers, older folks, and different ethnic groups. Sadly, violence is part of everyday life. It’s in our movies, television shows, video games. We live in a world inundated by it.

As Christians, it is time we stand up against violence and let the world know about the love, mercy, and grace found in Jesus Christ. Here are passages from the Bible that adamantly oppose violence. Meditate on these verses and please share your thoughts below.

“Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways (Prov. 3:31).”

“Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders, you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise (Isa. 60:18).”

Jesus said, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword (Matt. 26:52).”

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