in case you haven’t heard

an 18 yr old was shot outside the Toronto West SDA Church during the funeral service of his 17 yr old friend. this just happened on friday. the church is now a crime scene.

gangs.

if we use the word informally, many of us are part of some sort of gang. perhaps we call our gang a fraternity, sorority, small group, clique, church…perhaps we get together and do good things.

if we use the word formally, many of us are part of a gang. perhaps we call our gang a fraternity, sorority, small group, clique, church…perhaps we’re a group of criminals, slowly taking lives with our thoughts and actions or inaction. maybe we’re delinquents, failing to do what the Lord requires–opting to do what gives us a temporary high/rush…

…in case you haven’t heard…

our schools are crime scenes
our homes are crime scenes
our workplaces are crime scenes
our churches are crime scenes

will the killers be caught? will the witnesses speak up? will the good people get together and fight?

in case you haven’t heard…

Jesus’ coming doesn’t mean we sit and watch the sky. Jesus’ coming doesn’t mean we twiddle our thumbs and sigh. Jesus’ coming doesn’t mean we live like tomorrow’s promised nor does it mean that we live as if it’s not…

…in case you haven’t heard…

on november 18
many young men died
many young women died
many died without hope
many live with the memory

on november 21
many have died already

on november 22
many more will die

what are we going to do about it?

should we raid homes and confiscate guns?
should we hold rallies, take our frustrations to the street?

maybe

and we should invade hearts with love
and we should rebuild churches with love
and we should transform our workplaces with love
and we should mend homes with love
and we should change the curriculum in schools — take the bible, take the 10 c’s, take whatever but leave love!

and we should hold up hope…coz there’s still enough left to go around…there’s still enough hope to go around…

…in case you haven’t heard.

so as you pray, as you open your heart to Jesus sometime today, remember Toronto, remember your own community, remember your home, remember to love.

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