In response to the recent violence in our nation in places like Minnesota, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and Dallas, Texas, the following was shared at Spring Valley Baptist Church on Sunday, July 10, 2016.  A time of prayer followed, in which the majority of the congregation joined in prayer on their knees.

Our nation is in crisis.  In the last few days, there have been far too many lives taken through acts of violence.  Our nation is hurting.  Our people are hurting.  This is not a political problem.  This is not a racial problem.  This is a sinful human problem.  All the way back to Cain murdering Able, mankind has constantly struggled with anger, hatred, and murder.  We do not like what is not exactly like us, and we lash out.  We segregate in our neighborhoods, our churches, and our social interactions simply based on the color of our skin, our ethnicity, or our social status.

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