Friday, January 30, 2009

Desperately Seeking God

From the Drudge Report comes this story reported on USA Today dot co: FBI: Burgeoning gangs behind up to 80% of U.S. crime I have watched from time to time a program on television called "Ganglands". It profiles gangs across the country, their origins, leaders, and how they operate. A phenomenon pretty much across the board is that these organizations all have rules that govern them, sort of codes of conduct. It is quite interesting because at first glance without knowledge of who and what they do, one would see these rules as almost Christian precepts; respect for each member, trust, honesty, loyalty, support for each etc, etc. Of course those outside of the gang are not afforded the same. Gangs offer something missing from our secular world; a sense of belonging, security, a sense of being something larger than yourself, a sense of respect. This all comes devoid of the idea of how Christ really wants us to live. In place we find violence, crime, drugs, a dark senseless world that is wreaking havoc on our society. Ideas have consequences, removing God from the public square has left us with this beast of a problem and it is getting worse. Pray for conversion of gang members, that the light of Christ will give them what they truly need.

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