I, as many of you, have been watching reports of continued violence in the streets of our country and around the world. Much of this challenges me as a priest and as a prophet, and I always find myself asking the question, "Why?" Knowing that the answer is never simple, death and dying, shots being fired into crowds, suicides, homicides, innocent children being snuffed out before they've had a chance to live, you name it and we have it running rampant in our streets and communities.
The truth is that when we relegate the word of God to the 4 walls of a building, and when we evict the word from schools, businesses, and judicial hallways and even on the face of our money, we in effect are letting our guards down. We're opening ourselves up to just what we're seeing in communities around the country and around the world. We're letting our guards down when we think it's OK to purposefully bare children with no intent of raising them with both a father and mother in the home. We're letting our guards down when we make it easier to get a divorce from our spouse than to go through counseling to deal with hurts from our past. We're letting our guards down when we think that the only way to fight crime in our neighborhoods is by putting more guns on the streets and less prayer in our homes. We're letting our guards down when we think that sin has degrees and that the sins of some are less hurtful, or less impactful than the sins of others. We're letting our guards down when we think that going to church and studying our bibles is for the weak and that being able to pray is only for the pastor. We're letting our guards down when we think that mother's raising children alone is OK and that father's only purpose is to make payments to stay involved in the life of his children. When your guard is down, you're open to being hit by an intoxicating blow that can send you to the canvas and asking the question "How did I get here?"