Read this today on this blog:
“Riots are about power, and they are about catharsis. They are not about poor parenting, or youth services being cut, or any of the other snap explanations that media pundits have been trotting out: structural inequalities, as a friend of mine remarked today, are not solved by a few pool tables. People riot because it makes them feel powerful, even if only for a night. People riot because they have spent their whole lives being told that they are good for nothing, and they realise that together they can do anything – literally, anything at all. People to whom respect has never been shown riot because they feel they have little reason to show respect themselves, and it spreads like fire on a warm summer night. And now people have lost their homes, and the country is tearing itself apart.”
Couple this with the dramatic sell off of the US stock market and the economic global unrest and you have a recipe for fear and pain. When the consumer dream dies, what will it look like? After we are done blaming, pointing fingers, lashing out against races/classes/parties/establishments, what will we do? Will we find a stable center to build from or will we deconstruct to unproductive nihlism? I pray for peace and work towards peace, but I’m afraid this is more than just a blip on the screen, it’s our new reality. Unrest, fear and pain. Where will our healing be found? Are there any carriers of the medicine already planted amongst us? My rebellion is yet for hope and life.
1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1-2)