Is Anybody Safe Today? by Larry Wynn

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IS ANYBODY SAFE TODAY?
MATTHEW 5:9
JUNE 28, 1998 A.M.
SERIES: CONFRONTING OUR CULTURE
Larry Wynn
SUBJECT: VIOLENCE

I. INTRODUCTION

A. DURING THE 2ND HALF OF THE 20TH
CENTURY CRIME RATES HAVE RISEN
SHARPLY IN AMERICA.

1. IN 1960, THERE WERE 1,620
PROPERTY CRIMES AND 160
VIOLENT CRIMES PER 100,000
PERSONS.

2. IN 1996, THERE WERE 4,445
PROPERTY CRIMES AND 634
VIOLENT CRIMES PER 100,000
PERSONS.

B. “THIS SURGE IN CRIME HAS PROFOUNDLY
CHANGED AMERICA. IN THOUSANDS OF
COMMUNITIES, LARGE AND SMALL,
CRIME HAS ERODED THE QUALITY OF
LIFE, IT HAS SHAKEN OUR TRUST IN EACH
OTHER, AND IT HAS COMPROMISED OUR
BELIEF IN THE AMERICAN DREAM.” FROM
CRIME FREE AMERICA.

C. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THIS
ISSUE?

1. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHET
MICAH SPEAKS TO THIS ISSUE IN
MICAH 2:1-2.


2. HE DESCRIBES THE VIOLENT
PERSON’S MENTALITY.

3. HE SPEAKS TO THE VIOLENT
PERSONS DEMISE.

D. TODAY, WE WILL LOOK AT THE PROBLEM
OF VIOLENCE IN OUR WORLD AND OUR
HOMES.

E. THE GOAL IS TO CHALLENGE THOSE AT
WAR WITH OTHERS AND COMFORT THOSE
WHO ARE VICTIMS.

II. THE VIOLENCE THAT POISONS.

A. WAR.

1. A STUDY OF HUMAN HISTORY IS A
STUDY OF WAR.

2. ACCORDING TO STATISTICS ONLY
EIGHT PERCENT OF THE TIME SINCE
THE BEGINNING OF RECORDED
HISTORY HAS THE WORLD BEEN
ENTIRELY AT PEACE.

3. OVER 8000 TREATIES BRINGING
PEACE HAVE BEEN BROKEN IN THE
LAST 3000 YEARS.

4. WE ARE EITHER AT WAR OR
FEARFUL OF COMING WAR.

a. THERE IS A NEW FEAR OF 3RD
WORLD COUNTRIES
BECOMING NUCLEAR ARMED.


b. THE SUPER POWERS, WHO
WERE ONCE FEARED, ARE
NOW FEARFUL.

5. THEN THERE’S TERRORISM.

a. JUST RECENTLY THE NEWS
MEDIA INTERVIEWED A
TERRORIST IN SAUDIA ARABIA
WHO IS NOW BEING
ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE
MOST FEARED MAN ON
EARTH.

b. IN THE INTERVIEW HE
OPENLY ADVOCATED
TERRORISM AGAINST ALL
AMERICANS, BOTH YOUNG
AND OLD.

B. CRIME

1. YOU HEARD SOME OF THE
ST ...


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