Each day when we watch or read the news, it almost always highlights some crime, criminal case, or murder. But I was taken aback when I opened up my devotional today and the topic was “Violence”. It started with a grim statistic, that every 68 seconds someone died at the hands of another man as a result of violence (1,270 per day), and that statistic is not from today, rather it is from 1820 to 1945. Not what you would have expected, right? Today that statistic is at 60 seconds. Yes, watch a ticking clock for a minute, and each click of a minute in this world today a life is needlessly taken through violence, 1,440 people each day according to the World Health Organization.
Violence isn’t new to this world. It only took the 2nd generation from the Garden of Eden for the first violent crime to be committed when Cain killed Abel. Violence has existed nearly as long as man has, and to extreme levels.
“Forge a chain! For the land is full of bloody crimes
and the city is full of violence.” Ezekiel 7:23 (ESV)
Violence is a choice that someone makes of their own free will against another for some gain.
You have condemned and murdered the righteous person.
He does not resist you. James 5:6 (ESV)
We cannot become numb or insensitive to the evils of society. The context for the verse above is from many wealthy men who began to use their influence in courts of justice, bringing death to innocent men who did not resist them. This means that we will still be disheartened with each act of violence (we must resist becoming numb), and that we need to be diligent in preparation in case we are caught up in an act of violence (we must resist the act). That is a large premise of The Good Shepherdess, to help educate and prepare people in case the worst day of your life happens.
Shepherdess, it’s so easy to become numb and avoid the news or think that it doesn’t happen here in my town or area with or to people like me, until it does. We encourage you to not wait for an incident that is close to home, but to actively ensure that you are not part of any violent incident by being proactive in protecting you and your flock.
Are you interested in learning more? We host a free seminar on learning about how to protect you and your flock against a violent crime? Reach out to Jamie or myself directly to experience this unique training.