Church leaders must take a stand


Editor, The Commerial

As a crime prevention practitioner for more than a decade, as well as a local pastor, I find that there is a great need for clergy members to become involved in crime prevention.

The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the shooting last summer at the movie theater in Colorado or the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, is just the tip of the violence iceberg we are headed toward if clergy don’t step up and involved themselves. Cities across the country like Chicago, Saint Louis, Newark, Detroit and New Orleans are facing deadly violence in their neighborhoods almost daily.

Violence not being committed in schools, yet it still happens, and it touches families. The violence happening across this nation is a mind problem and minds must be changed to respect life if we are ever going to get a grip on this problem of violence. The faith community must begin to grapple with this serious problem and not walk away or wait for the government to solve it.

The cancer of violence is destroying our nation and more importantly this evil continues to be pushed upon us through video games, television and other violent gadgets. Again, church leaders must take a stand now, to demand violence be removed or brought to absolute minimum that’s being offered on television. If this nation does not ban or reduce the violence which cripple the minds of our children we can expect violent conditions to only only get worst. Banning guns will not reduce the violence because it is an act of the mind which will only be extinguished as clergy take a more proactive role to address violence. Church leaders must lift up their voices like a trumpet to call for an end to the violence that is destroying our nation from within.

According to TV-Free America, “The average child will watch 8,000 murders on TV before finishing elementary school. By age eighteen, the average American has seen 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders.” Therefore, what can we as society expect from the minds of our children when they are fed all of this violence. Church leaders of today must take a stand to use their knowledge, influence and support to remove what is an evil problem.

Pastor Jesse C. Turner

Pine Bluff