The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
~Frederick Douglass, 1852, “July 4th?”
Dallas Police Officers
Our nation is in the grip of madness, a violence stoked by a variety of groups and individuals from right wing radio talk show hosts to hate groups. Our Congress refuses to act while the citizens of this country are armed to the teeth. Legislation is important. Community policing is important. As, or more important, is a change of heart, what the bible calls repentance. As we mourn yet more lives taken from their families and friends, we pray that a spiritual awakening ensues and we turn from violence as a solution to our differences and our problems. Christ have mercy. Lord, have mercy.