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.

5 Comments

  1. Dean Smith February 15, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    Well Done Jared!

    • Steve Rockhill February 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

      Yes, and Amen, Brother!

  2. J.K. Wall February 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    This is fantastic, Jared. This is the conversation we really need to have in response to these tragedies. Debating guns and gun control is the normal response. That’s appropriate but superficial. Thanks for focusing on the underlying causes.

  3. Ellen Olivetti February 16, 2018 at 8:22 am #

    Jared, This is so thought-provoking. I am not opposed to gun control, as some of my friends are, nor do I think it will solve many of the problems we face as a society. This article was really good and points to the sins of our society and our collective – and individual – need for a Savior.

  4. Russ Pulliam February 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

    Very good, Jared. I appreciate the subtle plea for a great awakening at the end and have been reading about the one in England, Scotland, 1700s.

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