My prayers tonight is with the people in Baltimore with the riots going on.
I saw a clip of a mom trying to stop her son from participating in the protest/riot. Have you seen it?
This display of tough love moved me. This verse came to mind:
Better is open rebuke
Than love that is concealed. (Proverbs 27:5)
I’m just thinking out loud right now: What if every mom and dad, guardian, grandpa and grand ma, brothers and sisters, mentors, local pastors, and community leaders in these kids lives went all out to the streets tonight and lovingly and passionately appealed to these kids to stop will it make any effect? I’m not taking away personal responsibility nor am I naive to deny that in some instance there will still be the need for law enforcement to step in. But what if love–not just cheesy cardboard one dimensional vanilla feelings we often call love–what if genuine, raw and uncut tough love were to be applied at a macroscale by nonstate actors–would it make a difference? A dangerous question to ask because all kinds of questions follow about families, the church and the community’s role and their faithfulness to each of the sphere’s respective role.
The Church must live out its role of making disciples. The consequences of that impact is huge.