Sabbatical Day #2

As the day ends purpose seems to be coming into focus. God is directing us to deal with “family disorganization” and it’s community-level impact. Our perspective appears to rest on 1.) the extinction of men from family and community, 2.) the reasons for and degree of male absenteeism, 3.) how we program, articulate and respond positively to this negative trend and 4.) how we deal with the presence of a spiritual hole left in the lives of traumatized children, women, and communities. We will concentrate our efforts within neighborhoods engulfed by violence and criminal mentalities as well as peer groups overtaken by rampant underachievement as a way to define themselves in the face of anger, frustration and lack of self concept. Ultimately the misplaced resentment and dysfunction in one home becomes the reality for many homes in the community, as high concentrations of fatherless, men-less, mentor-less, guardian-less, resource-less, jobless and value-less residents watch their community’s social, economic and political net-worth bleed out and ignorance, violence, hopelessness and fear seep in.

Brothers, I’m counting on you to get behind this move of God. We have to be real with ourselves and acknowledge that past mistakes have been made from the pulpit to the door. Sadly, one child fallen victim to a disorganized home and lacking a responsible man’s presence becomes prey to street predators and fuel for a twisted economy. And to continue to do the same thing and expect a different result is true insanity. Ten children shot and wounded in one night takes the cake. I’m not sure if we’ve had that many bullets targeting young people in Indianapolis in a whole month!
While we can’t cure every hurting community around the world, we can start a movement right where we are, rooted in the power of God’s word. “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:18

It’s time to make IMPACT!

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