There was a state of emergency in our kitchen this morning. Authority was being denied. Reason was ignored. The temperature rose from calm to rage in an instant. The aggression was tangible. There was scowling and a stand off. Someone had to back down or things were going to get out of hand. The toast was going to be eaten!
Now of course it's ridiculous to compare "normal" breakfast with a three year old to the situation in Charlotte, North Carolina. The state of emergency there is the result of the unrest caused by another police shooting of a black man. Once again the reports as to what happened differ. What is clear is that things got out of control with very tragic consequences.
But the fact remains that the source of the problem in Charlotte and in my kitchen are the same.
It's not that the population of the US are by nature more violent than us. It's not that the police in the US are worse people than our good old bobbies. Just look up the case of the policeman who smashed the windscreen of a car in Camden last Friday. It's that the human heart combined with easy access to deadly weapons is a lethal combination.
The majority of murders in the US are still domestic homicides. You're having a "discussion" with your spouse. Things get out of hand. In a rage you open the draw. Grab your gun. And before you know it you've shot him. Almost as easily done as said.
Jesus said, "“What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” (Mark 7:20-23)
That's why I need Jesus to change my heart from within. And while he does that, for everyone else sake, I need laws that mean that I'm not holding a handgun at breakfast.