Prophetic Intelligence Briefing – Christian Solutions
Christianity Will Help Solve Violent Crimes:
God cares about the violence that is happening on the earth right now. Christianity is going to be looked at as an answer to help people through some of the violence that is happening in society right now. We are going to see Christians praised by the news media as well as politicians and educational systems as God puts on display what His love looks like in violent situations, both in preventative and aftermath scenes.
For those who are Christians, we know that Christ’s love helps to change the violence in people’s hearts and can help transform someone from the inside out.
Where there have been school shootings and public violence in America, Christianity gives different options then just fighting back with weapons or personal security. Yes the Bible is filled with stories of warfare and violence, and how the Christian life is a spiritual battle, but oftentimes the examples (which are many) of how God de-escalated violence and brought non violent options to situations is overlooked. Yet these stories are some of the most powerful in the Bible.
The acts of violence over America and many nations have caused people to take a public stand and fight for or against gun control. As people of faith we can have an iron in that fire but our real goal and focus should be on what Christianity offers that politics, media, and even local law enforcements or school governances can not. We have a God who loves and hates violence. We have a God who intervenes through His people. We have a God who heals the hearts of the offenders before they offend and transforms the trauma inflicted when nothing else can take away the trauma.
Christianity offers the ability to go into neighborhoods and communities and help people to grow into a well formed version of themselves that God dreamed of and Jesus paid a price for on the Cross. Where a lot of politicians and news media villainize guns or try to blame shift on what the issues are, we know the real problem is about the breakdown of love in humanity. Christianity has the tools to help heal mental illness, to bring responsibility and character to issues of security, and to help schools first by being a family nurturing community around students and teachers. We can help provide prayer, wisdom, counsel and support through hard times.
Where the news media often attacks Christianity or villainizes it because most Christians believe in the right to bear arms, we are going to see the other things that Christians believe that help society be news stories as well. There will be stories of peace, reconciliation, community care, and help. Even in the most recent Nashville school shooting (which is one of many), Christians have lent their voices to help raise support for the affected families and the school itself. Many Christian celebrities and musicians did benefit concerts and raised money to pay for counseling and support for families.
God is going to use Christians in churches, in police forces, in politics, in education and in communities to put on display how Christianity moves the needle forward to help promote change, peace, and security in our society.
Some of you who are feeling you need to do something when it comes to school violence or gun issues are going to get directives from God. It might be as simple as to love the underdog youth that feels isolated that no one ever spends time with. It could be as intense as starting school security initiatives or creating products that will keep kids safe. God is appointing His influence around leaders who can make a difference but He is also appointing leaders to make that difference and that just might be the price He is asking you to pay to love this world the way He does.
Here are some of the stories in the Bible that help to focus on how Christians in Biblical history often were leaders in non violent solutions and how God used everyday people to change the options where there would normally only be two: Life or Death. God gave a third option, an option that showed off His nature of love and life:
Abigail and David (1 Samuel 25): In this story, David and his men, who are in hiding from King Saul, provide protection to the shepherds and flocks of a wealthy man named Nabal. However, when David asked Nabal for provisions for his men, Nabal insulted him and refused to help. Angered, David planned to kill Nabal and his household in revenge. Abigail, Nabal’s wise and discerning wife, heard of the impending violence and quickly gathered food and supplies to bring to David. She met him on his way to carry out his plan and humbly asked for his forgiveness, reminding him of God’s faithfulness and the consequences of seeking revenge. David listened to Abigail, accepted her gift, and refrained from shedding innocent blood. Abigail’s faith and wisdom stopped the violent situations and saved her household.
Jesus and the mob (John 8:1-11): A group of Pharisees and scribes brings a woman caught in adultery before Jesus, testing him by asking if she should be stoned to death according to the law. Jesus, recognizing their malicious intent, calmly responded by saying, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one, the accusers leave, convicted by their own sins. Jesus then speaks to the woman, telling her that he does not condemn her and instructing her to go and sin no more. Jesus’ wisdom and message of grace defuse a potentially violent situation and give the woman a chance for redemption.
Paul and Silas in Philippi (Acts 16:16-40): While preaching the gospel in Philippi, Paul and Silas are arrested, beaten, and thrown into prison after casting a spirit out of a slave girl. During the night, an earthquake shakes the prison, opening the cell doors and loosening the prisoners’ chains. The jailer, seeing the open doors, is about to kill himself, thinking the prisoners have escaped, which would have led to his execution. Paul, however, calls out to the jailer and reassures him that everyone is still there. This act of compassion and reassurance stopped the jailer from committing a violent act against himself. The jailer and his family then listened to Paul and Silas, came to faith in Christ, and were baptized. In this situation, Paul and Silas’ faith and calm response avert a potentially violent outcome and lead to the salvation of a family.
Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 45:1-15, 50:15-21): After being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, Joseph eventually becomes the governor of Egypt during a famine. When his brothers come to Egypt seeking food, they do not recognize Joseph, who is now in a position of great power. Instead of seeking revenge for the harm they caused him, Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers and forgives them. He provides for their needs and saves them from starvation, preventing further violence and dissension within the family. Joseph’s faith in God and his ability to forgive and show mercy avert a potentially violent situation and bring about reconciliation.
Elisha and the Aramean army (2 Kings 6:8-23): During a time of conflict between Israel and Aram, Elisha, a prophet of God, repeatedly warned the king of Israel about the plans of the Aramean king. The Aramean king became frustrated and sent an army to capture Elisha. When Elisha’s servant saw the army surrounding the city, he became afraid, but Elisha prayed for his servant’s eyes to be opened, and he saw that they were surrounded by a heavenly army. Elisha then prays for the Aramean soldiers to be struck with blindness, and he leads them to the city of Samaria, the capital of Israel. Instead of allowing the king of Israel to kill the captured soldiers, Elisha instructs the king to provide a feast for them and send them home. This act of mercy and hospitality ends the violent conflict between the two nations, showcasing the power of faith to change hearts and prevent violence.
The early Christians in Jerusalem (Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35): After the resurrection of Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the early Christians in Jerusalem form a close-knit, supportive community. They devote themselves to teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and prayer. They share their possessions and resources, ensuring that no one among them is in need. This radical generosity and love create an environment where violence and strife are replaced with peace, unity, and mutual care. The early Christians’ faith and commitment to Christ’s teachings demonstrate the power of a faith-driven community to prevent violence and create a supportive, harmonious environment.