How to end domestic violence
For centuries domestic violence occurred and no one paid any attention. As a matter of fact, a man was legally allowed to treat his wife and children any way he pleased because legally they were viewed as his possessions. Individuals might intervene but the law did not unless someone was murdered.
In the 1960’s laws were enacted making domestic violence a criminal act. During the same time shelters were opened giving women limited safe places to hide from their abusers. Since that time more laws have been enacted and more shelters have been opened. The courts are filled with domestic violence cases and families continue to be devastated by violence. With the state of the economy social organizations, including domestic violence awareness and service organizations are in hot competition for grants and other funding.
Through all of this domestic violence is not being reduced. As a matter of fact violence in general is increasing not decreasing. As much as we need laws, social services and shelters there is only one way that violence of any sort, and especially domestic violence, will be reduced. The only way to reduce violence is the change the heart of mankind.
You see, the reason domestic violence occurs is because abusers believe they have a right to abuse others. This is the same reason any crime occurs. Criminals believe they have a right to break the law and treat others however they please. The Bible says that evil is always in the heart of man. God knew this from the beginning. Sin came into the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed and committed the first sin, causing them to be cast out of the Garden of Eden and begin to experience the consequences of their sin in every area of their lives.
The only way to truly end domestic violence is t0 change the heart of the abuser and the only way this can happen is through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Only Jesus Christ can change the heart of anyone. This is why it is so important that Christians become involved in the battle against domestic violence and not just leave it to the legal system and social services. They provide invaluable services but they do not have the ability or the power to change the heart of man. I challenge Christians to learn all they can about domestic violence and then do all they can to make a difference in the lives of families who have devastated by its effect.
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