The end of violence towards women, children, and men
You don't have to look very far back in history to see acceptance of violence towards women and children. But I speak for all people, and that includes men.
Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me. No, I'm not going to stand outside of a football stadium, protesting that teaching our children violent sports is the beginning of giving them permission to hurt other people. But at least I can speak up here. And if it changes a point of view of someone, I feel that I have done all that I can. Jesus asked us to be fishers of men, to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek, not to break someone's kneecaps on a Sunday.
My attitude seems to shock many people, who have come to accept that it's *just entertainment* to watch young men knock each other down, and inflict violence on their fellow man. It's as if being male somehow makes it OK to hurt someone, or be hurt. I just wish it wasn't so.
It's nice to see outrage against violence towards women, or children. And the day may come when there is outrage against violence to men, too. I am encouraged by what I have learned of history, and I hope the violent ways of the current time become history, too.
Posted by Brad Hall