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A Meditation After Violence

We are the problem, not the solution.

We kill generations of children and somehow are able to be shocked when our children take the same attitude toward human life.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We fetishize and celebrate violence yet are surprised when someone takes it just one step further.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We debase the human body through decades of celebrated pornography and yet can still summon the self-righteousness to wonder why so many are abused.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We allow ourselves to be fractured and distant from our neighbors by our echo chambers and sheer selfishness. But we marvel when someone's loneliness crushes them into despair.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We constantly find fault in people across the aisle or the border or the tracks. And then we just can't figure out why no one takes responsibility for themselves anymore.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We break the ankles of masculinity through many years of shame and confusion, then wonder why men aren't men anymore.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We run online to voice our anger and prayers and perfect fixes into the digital void, refusing to seek understanding and to own our part in the problem. Yet we wonder why our plans aren't working.

We are the problem, not the solution.

We politicize absolutely everything, pleading our case with politicians who have no ability to perform the spiritual heart surgery this nation needs.

We are the problem, not the solution.

Until we accept this, it will only get worse.
Until we see the problem in the mirror and the answer somewhere outside of us, it will only get worse.
Until a truly great awakening is sent to draw us to the Answer, it will only get worse.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Jared Olivetti

Jared Olivetti

I'm a pastor at Immanuel RPC in West Lafayette, Indiana. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, six kids and a loving church family.

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