I’m convinced that it is time for us to look for and listen to a new messengers that can help show us a better way forward, especially as it relates to the pervasive nature of violence in our land.
This past Sunday, both our Junior & Senior High Students shared with us letters & prayers they had written and I was struck by their profundity. Below is the Junior High Students letter
Dear God and fellow Americans,
As junior high students we feel disturbed that there are more guns in the USA than people. As students we feel that schools should be a place where kids want to go rather than a place that makes us feel afraid and anxious. School is a place where kids go to learn about math and science. Recently there’s been discussion about encouraging teachers to learn how to use a weapon. As students we want our teachers to be educators not marksmen.
As young people we feel that we need to foster a culture in our schools where ALL people are accepted, cared for and feel included. We know that we are part of the solution so as followers of Christ we’re willing to do our part by doing our best to care for our fellow classmates. When a kid in school gets lonely or starts to isolate him/herself from other kids we will do our best to care for and help them. We want to create a school culture that’s helpful and caring rather than a school that allows students to feel lonely and rejected. We don’t want any student to become the next Nicholas Cruz or Adam Lanza who wanted to end their own life and the lives of others.
From the time that we are born we are taught that there are certain things that we’ll be allowed to do when we get older and more mature. We know that when we turn 17 we’re allowed to learn to drive a car. We know that when we’re 18 we are allowed to vote and in the eyes of the law we’re considered adults. We know that when we turn 21 we have the legal right to drink alcohol. We recognize that there are certain things in life that require more maturity because they pose a risk to us and others. We think that it’s only reasonable to have an age restriction on owning a gun to ensure that all gun owners are mature and responsible because guns have the potential to harm and kill people.
In our schools and in our country we have a lot of diversity, which is one of the many reasons that make our country great. We live in the United States of America. Let’s be UNITED and lets do our best to strive to love and care for one another in every way possible.
Junior High at Grace Christian Church