Reflecting on Hill Street shootings

Violence has plagued our streets like the blossoms of dogwoods in Georgia. This ignorance destroys, kills and damages our community.

A comment was made via Facebook in reference to the article, Friends Reflect On Hill Street Victims, that one, “Didn’t hear anything in this story about where the victims worked…”

There are certain powers that have caused despair and a decline of hope amongst our community.

Although one may not of heard about where the victims worked, it is irrelevant to the source of the matter.

Just this year Georgia reported 14 deaths to family violence and over 1,300 calls coming into Coweta County 911 in reference to domestic violence.

Are we not seeking to comfort and console those who mourn? For our community to thrive we must continue to strengthen our church.

If we are to look at the history of Newnan, in 1828 just four months after Newnan had been established seven pioneers joined together to form the church, “for the purpose of keeping the house of God and watching over each other for good.”

Newnan; are we watching over each other for good?

Mahatma Gandhi said, “It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

Do we as a community: as a church; not have the ability, power or strength to heal and come together against this force of evil?

During this season let us not only pray but also come closer to God and each other to conquer our communities violence.

(The Rev. Harry D. Gatewood, III is an associate pastor at Saint Smyrna Baptist Church.)



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