Burning Down the Village

“The boys in the village must be guided into healthy manhood, or they will burn down the village, just to feel the heat.” African Proverb

Once again, we are assaulted with the news of another “village,” this time a pleasant neighborhood grocery store in “safe” Boulder, CO, that suffers from the violent flames of a broken man. This immediately follows the agony we witnessed of 8 spa workers murdered in another village outside Atlanta. These scenes, though mind-numbingly common, are so horrifically heart-wrenching!

And it’s always, always, always a broken man, who doubts that he matters, who takes it out on the defenseless and unsuspecting. Like the rest of the cowards who preceded him.

How long do we allow this to go on without making strong, strategic decisions to heal broken men, and guide young ones, in our society?!  Until we do, they will continue to burn down our villages, one at a time.

Two readily available resources for exactly this purpose are:

Photo credit Steve Schopper, CPR News

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  1. Stanley Carlson March 23, 2021 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    Interesting, as the recent new pieces of Dead Sea Scrolls discovered after 60 years were from Nahum 1:5, 6 – Mountains quake because of Him, And the hills come apart; Indeed, the earth is up-heaved by His presence, The world and all the inhabitants in it. Who can stand before His indignation? Who can endure the burning of His anger? His wrath gushes forth like fire, And the rocks are broken up by Him. And Zechariah 8:16, 17 – These are the things you are to do: speak the truth to each other; in your courts, administer justice that is true and conducive to peace; don’t plot harm against each other; and don’t love perjury; for all these are things I hate,’ says Adonai.”
    Fires, volcanoes, earth quakes along with violence breaking out among severe political corruption. No wonder The Almighty through His Holy Spirit in Romans 8:19-25 – For the eagerly awaiting creation waits for the revealing of the sons and daughters of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only that, but also, we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons and daughters, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, through perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Blessings Craig. Thank you for being a light and doing your part to reveal Luke 2:10b – I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; Yes, Men matter. We are made in His image. The deceiver is jealous and is out to destroy that which he cannot have. John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came so that they would have life, and have it abundantly. Yes, Men Matter. Go Craig!

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