Violence has always been troubling
The title of your recent editorial, "Children, teens need guidance in the home" was true.

Then came the opening line: "You know our nation has serious issues when..."

When what? Is it only the increase in "random" teen violence of which we should worry?

Yes, as a nation, we have had wakeup calls to find an answer for teen violence, domestic violence, etc. But let's not pretend that this just began happening yesterday. Violence has been around certain communities for much longer than the media cares to report. The problem is that now it has spread to all communities and can no longer be ignored. It is no longer contained in the traditional big-city-ghettos of multiple gang affiliations.

We should bemoan more than teen violence. Certainly the multiple riots of past decades or the violence of human slavery resulting in the Civil War qualify, don't they?

You ask, "what can be done to reverse it and how soon should we start?" Well who is this collective "we"?

As a Christian, the answer must begin with me. Living in respect for both human laws and God's law, as Jesus taught, "whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12), and "If you love Me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).

However, never should "we the people" violate the religious liberty of others by imposing religious intolerance through law disguised as law for the greater good.

Pastor Dean Read

Brunswick Seventh-day Adventist Church

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