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How to End the Epidemic of Violence

Many are asking; how to end the epidemic violence in schools, communities and around the world? Parents are asking; why are children committing such heinous acts of violence?

The question we must ask; how did humanity get in this condition? What needs to happen to end the epidemic of violence.

To find answers, our attention should “not” be focused on acts of violence, and efforts on putting new laws in place. Although they might fix the problem temporarily.

They’re only a band-aid solution to a much bigger problem.

The problem is within the heart of humanity; something people don’t acknowledge or talk about. – One we will not find a remedy for by any human-made solutions.

After suffering abuse for twenty-plus years, I learned one valuable lesson in life. The past holds the answers to the what, why and how come questions we must ask ourselves to move forward in life.

The biggest takeaway

You can’t move forward in life when you’re still carrying around the baggage of past generations.

When you take a moment in human-self reflection to reflect over past generations. You will discover what happened, and why the acts of violence are occurring. Why our Country and others are in this condition. And what the real solution is to end the epidemic of violence.

Reflecting Over Past Generations

I started a career in caring for the elderly and disabled by taking a six-month course in California. Had the privilege to spend twenty-three years caring for a generation of people. Many had upstanding moral values and strong work ethics.

Now in their seventies and eighties, these men and woman were the moral fiber and backbone of our country. They made America great! They grew up during the time of the Great Depression. And some went on to fight World War II (Greatest Generation on Wikipedia).

Living during periods of great struggle, they endured several hardships throughout their life, and rarely give up. Several had upstanding moral values and were Christians who lived by the Word of God.

They valued the God-given freedoms and liberties that made our country great. They believed in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And that God did indeed shed his grace on them. Many were willing to die in battle to uphold those freedoms and liberties.

This generation of people lived with integrity. A handshake meant you had their word. The last name held in high regard and guarded by a person’s actions.

Their work ethics, outstanding, and most would never take something from anyone. It was a disgrace to sign up for unemployment insurance or go for a welfare handout. There were many from this generation, who as patients tried to tip me for helping them.

They wanted to and even insisted on paying their way in life. When you kindly declined their offer, they stuffed the money in your pocket when you weren’t looking. That money usually went into a coffee fund for all staff members.

The Children of Obedience

The children of this generation were no strangers to hard work or obedience.

Children often helped around the house with chores, and some held a job after school to earn money. Children would (and could) walk to school, sometimes for miles, and obeyed their parents.

During their formative years, television was beginning to emerge. Hollywood entertainers displayed moral values and standards on the movie screen. Husbands and wives slept in separate beds and nudity were not allowed on television.

They allowed God in public places, and children read the Word of God in school.

One gentleman reminisced of childhood days. Sharing a favorite book “The Pilgrims Progress” he read in English class. The Pilgrims Progress is a Christian allegory, written by John Bunyan that’s rated as necessary as the Bible in Christian document.

In their generation, a man worked very hard to provide for his loved ones. And he protected them to the best of his ability. It was uncommon to hear of a man killing his wife. And uncommon to hear of parents abuse or killing their children.

The woman showed her love, appreciation, and respect for her husband. She supported him and his efforts to provide for his family. She didn’t try to exceed his efforts or belittle him for them. Most women stayed at home to care for and nurture their family.

She was the helper and mate God intended her to be.

They stood side by side, together and supported one another in love. The bonds of marriage held special meaning, and words of commitment to one another often kept.

Not all, but many marriages from this generation lasted a lifetime. I have seen a few husbands and wives who died within a few hours or days of one another.They were partners for life.

The Backbone of Small Communities

This generation is the backbone of smaller communities. Many of these people are still working today at the age of 70 plus. They’re working to better their communities and helping others is in their blood.

In our small community, you will find them involved in not-for-profit organizations to better their communities. Volunteering on the ambulance squad, fire department and participating in church functions.

They are a dying breed, and the generations after them are not prepared to walk in their shoes. Not willing to take their place.

I cared for one guy, who in his younger years, had a family to support and his car broke down. He walked over twenty miles one way to work and back again “in the winter months” to provide for them.

Ask a man to do that today and wait for his response. I can almost guarantee he would call into work sick or worse yet, quit his job. I’ve seen it happen.

The generations after them lack the backbone and work ethics. Moral standards and Godly values this generation has developed over the years.

Not all, but most.

As each generation passes by, we are going our way in life. We are moving further away from God, and we no longer want God to be the supreme ruler of our lives. We are closing the church doors and turning our backs on God completely.

What we fail to understand is without God, our source of life, death and destruction will follow us. And now that it is, we are seeking to fix our problems with human-made solutions.

A Generation That Moved Far, Far Away from God

My generation, people in their fifties have seen the biggest moving away from God in our nation’s history. We saw the rise of the Hollywood, Music and Pornography entertainment industries.

Seen industries moving away from producing wholesome family entertainment and provided immoral content. In doing so, our mind, heart, and spirit became corrupted. Reprobate by images of sexuality, rape, horror, murder, drugs, violence, and other atrocities.

Sound familiar?

The older generations would never even talk about such things in public. Let alone watch these images for entertainment purposes.

I remember in the late 70’s, and early 80’s, Heavy Metal Music was very popular with teenagers. Christians voiced their opinions. Disapproved of the “explicit lyrics,” and thought the music contained subliminal messages.

They fought to warn parents. To save the children and tried to stop the production of this devil worshiping music. Were the Christians were right?

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The Path of Destruction

This generation has continued on the path of destruction in life.

Continue to watch immoral story lines on the big screen. Listening to music with profane lyrics (not music to praise the Lord and edify the spirit). They partook in drugs and alcohol to make them feel good.

This generation has seen the highest increase in the daily usage of drugs and alcohol. Many children became addicted and enslaved to drugs and alcohol for years. Many others have overdosed and died as well.

The prisons became overrun with offenders. Individuals caught dealing or possessing drugs during the “lock them up” drug era. And people who committed heinous acts of murder, rape, and other atrocities.

Over the generations, we have rebelled against God and moved far away from his moral way of living. We failed to obey his Word and way of raising our families and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

The mind, spirit, and heart of man became polluted by ungodly thoughts (evil imaginations). And we can’t put this stuff in our mind, heart, and spirit and not expect it to come back out in some format or another.

It doesn’t work that way!

The Reprobate Mind

Has God given us over to a reprobate mind?

Romans 1: 23-32

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. KJV

Has our mind, heart, and spirit been corrupted by what we put into it over the years?

The song “Highway to Hell” by AC/DC comes to mind now.

We have given the devil a full path to travel on in our daily lives. And he roams about, seeking to rob, kill, steal, destroy and devour anyone in his way. That is his nature.

His task is to keep you from trusting in a loving God for salvation.

Broken Families

The family units became shattered. The bonds of marriage no longer hold that special meaning “till death do us part.”

We break those bonds on a whim or at first sight of problems. Many live together, and are not married in the eyes of God and have children out of wedlock.

God didn’t intend for man to live this way and it was taboo to past generations.

Back then, when a woman became pregnant, the man was to marry her. And the chance for a no-fault divorce was not obtainable until 1969. When then-Governor Ronald Reagan signed the nation’s first no-fault divorce bill. The Divorce Rate has more than doubled, breaking family units down even further.

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The Epidemic of Abuse and Violence

We have seen the highest risk of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. And growing up in this environment has lasting effects on your mind, spirit and adult life.

I know I’ve lived with the consequences for over twenty years.

According to Child Help.org,

More than 3 million reports of child abuse come in every year in the United States. And in 2012, state agencies found an estimated 686,000 victims of child mistreatment.

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Men are no longer honoring and cherishing their wives and children. And many find it difficult to provide for their families.

Some commit adultery, hit their wives and children and sexually abuse their children. Others commit heinous acts of violence and murder too.

Some women are not showing their husbands love, appreciation, and respect. And they fail to support his efforts to provide for his family.

Instead, they seek to be independent of man. To better them self in the workforce and often they are doing better than men. God intended Woman to be a helper and mate for man.

Did The Devil Turn The Tables Upside Down?

The tables are upside down, and we are no longer following God’s way for us to live. Our morals, values, and standards of living became degraded over the generations.

We are not living as God intended us to live.

The consequences of our personal choices and actions are evident in the heinous acts of violence seen in society today. And the generations following after us are moving further away from God.

Thus, we can “expect” to see a larger falling away from God, a “bigger increase” in immoral values and inhumane treatment.

Removing God and His Word

When you remove God and his Word from your life, you will no longer have the light of Christ to shine in the darkness where sin abounds.

The light of Christ is what brings people hope, love, compassion, empathy, and God’s saving grace. Without the light of Christ to direct your path, the only thing you will see before you is utter darkness.

Without the light of Christ to rescue you from the darkness, the only thing you will have to cling to is the devil, for he is the ruler of darkness. And in the darkness of sin is pain and suffering.

Weighed down and overburden by sin, you are unable to pick yourself back up by any human-made efforts.

The path they travel on is the broadway and destruction will be their end. People who walk in darkness can be proud or haughty. They cling to sinful ways of being in life, are blind to the truth and resistant to change.

Don’t you see!

The Bigger Problem Is Us

We have chosen to turn away from God, and his standards for moral living. We are raising our children without the Word of God. And children don’t have a solid moral foundation in Christ. And now we are only reaping what we have sown into our mind, spirit, and heart for generations.

When we don’t trust God and obey his Word, we will continue to stumble and fall away in a dysfunctional world. A world filled with darkness, corruption, murder, violence, destruction, and death.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7 KJV

How do we stop the epidemic of violence in Schools, Communities, and the World?

The healing light of Christ shines from above, with love, to show you the narrow way out of this darkness. The healing light of Christ is the answer you are seeking and only solution to our problems. So come to the Lord those of you who are humble and meek.

Walk forth by faith and embrace the Lord’s gift of eternal salvation.
He died on the cross to rescue you from the powers of darkness and sin.

Be open to genuine spiritual change and renew your mind in God’s word. Then and only then will this darkness flee from you. And the light of Christ will remain to ease your pain and suffering.

His burden is light, and he will never forsake you.

The Lord, Jesus Christ, is “the only way” to heal humanity. And end the violence, and fix our problems and our only way out of the darkness of sin.

By Linda M Carleton

Linda is an adult survivor of child abuse and domestic violence. She was rescued by God at a mission in Oakland, California in 1991. Linda writes to share personal insights and lessons learned. To advocate and be a voice for the voiceless. And shine a light of hope into the darkness so abuse survivors can see the glory of God’s life-restoring grace. She lives in a small town in Upstate, New York. And enjoys studying the Bible, and listening to blues and gospel music.

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