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“A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good” (Proverbs 16:2).

This week has turned our attention toward Egypt where the violence in the streets has sent a familiar, though distant, chill through us. After all, we’ve seen such things before on the news, and as long as they happen half a world away, what does it matter? We can hardly figure out which side is right. Unfortunately, these scenes are becoming frequent, but do we allow them to only brush against our conscience, or do we evaluate our lives and ask if all is well at home?

One disturbing statistic I heard this week is that Law Enforcement homicides in America were up 40% last year, and this year is continuing at a frightening pace.

That reflects a lot of anger.

Consider the lesson of Genesis, chapter 6:5-11

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented [moved to pity; have compassion] the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

“And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
[This part alone is heart-wrenching! God looked upon his creations and realized that mankind had rejected him so completely that he would have to destroy them. He had created the earth as a habitation for man (male and female), but they had not used that gift for good. This line hurts: “and it grieved him at his heart.”]

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. . .Noah was a just man. . .and Noah walked with God. . .

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”

Violence is a reflection of a people who do not govern themselves. I recently read an article that asked and answered,

“Can video games make kids more violent? A new study employing state-of-the-art brain-scanning technology says that the answer may be yes.

“Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine say that brain scans of kids who played a violent video game showed an increase in emotional arousal – and a corresponding decrease of activity in brain areas involved in self-control, inhibition and attention.”

Have you ever heard someone recommend a movie and say, “It’s a bit violent, but otherwise. . .”

Especially in today’s world, every choice a parent makes toward raising self-governing, courteous children is essential.