The world is broken. As believers, we know that there is only one thing can heal the hearts of those in the depths of despair. On March 14, 2018, there was a National Student Walkout protesting the gun violence in the schools around the nation, and asking the government for reform, for change, for healing. We know that this brokenness can not be fixed through legislation, so as Christians, what is our response? What can we do in the face of such want, pain, and agony?
- Be a light: In lieu of a walkout, TCCS hosted a Prayer Walk, where the high school went to the field and met with Mr. King, who shared some words with them about their role as Christians in this world. He reminded students that the only way to make a lasting, life-altering difference in this world is to introduce others to Christ. It is all too frequently our actions, not our words, that allow us to reach others for Christ. This is what is needed for true change: new laws and policies cannot change the heart of man.
Ephesians 1:7: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
- Touch a Life: Rather than walking out, students were also encouraged to walk up to other students who they don't typically hang out with or know well to begin to build and expand their relationships. They were encouraged to walk up to someone who is hurting or lonely and pray for them, and/or walk up to a teacher, parent, or pastor and ask questions and have real conversations. The idea was for students to deepen relationships and create new ones and to build a better sense of community as the body of Christ.
Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
- Pray for Others: The students were also given time for prayer to pray for the grieving hearts of those who had lost loved ones in the recent incidents of gun violence, and to pray for opportunities to share Christ with non-believers. We know that ultimately, Christ is the only one who can heal our hurt, the only one who can heal our nation.
John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.