Hello everyone! My heart is still heavy today as I reflect upon the deadly shootings that have taken place across our country over the last couple of weeks. I am probably even more disturbed by the way I have seen some Americans respond to these tragedies. Today, I want to talk about three ways to bring positive change in our community.
- Focus on things that unite us! I believe we all can agree with two basic statements. Number one, no one civilian or policeman wants to live their life in fear of being mistreated or murdered. Number two, we can also agree that when an officer and a civilian interact, whether our loved one is the officer or the civilian, we want them to come home safely. These are two common goals that unite us regardless of race, religion, or profession. I love the words found in Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” Unity helps us move our community in a positive direction.
- Avoid foolish arguments! I often say, “You can’t have an intelligent conversation with a foolish person.” 2 Timothy 2:23 plainly states, “Don’t have anything to do with foolish & stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.” When you know you’re dealing with a closed minded or foolish person, sometimes the best thing to do is avoid engaging in “hot topic” conversations. These conversations, far too often, lead us down an unproductive road filled with anger and hurt feelings. When dealing with the foolish in the community, silence can be your best option.
- Keep your anger under control. The Bible says it best in Ephesians 4:26, “In your anger do not sin…” Yes, we should be outraged by injustice. We should be upset anytime we experience or hear about the innocent being mistreated. Yet, our anger should motivate us to do something positive in our community. It should motivate us to find solutions and not perpetuate problems.
How do we foster positive change in our community? We have to become the example we are looking for in others. We have to unite with those that want to see our communities change for the better. We have to avoid being sucked into unproductive arguments lead by foolish people. We also have to work hard to keep our emotions intact. I leave you today with a final thought, as a society, we cannot mandate nor legislate an individual’s moral compass. Therefore, we need to continuously pray to our God to change the hearts of men.