We are a culture simultaneously addicted to violence yet horrified at the sight and thought of it invading our walls and worlds. (Leonard Sweet, theologian and author)

It really doesn’t take a seminary professor to note the rise of acceptable violence in our society. We see it in public protests that often turn to violent behavior. That’s deplorable, of course, but violence is not limited to unlawful activity. Sports like professional wrestling, football, and cage boxing have made violent activity part of our culture. Pray for a return to civility.

Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure— you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts. (Psalm 7:9)