El Paso: No Mas Violencia Training
David Balyeat and Richard Gomez learned the trade of being peace makers going into the stands of the hostile stadiums of pro soccer in Argentina. As followers of Jesus they took the message of No Mas Violencia (No More Violence) right to where the violence was happening.
One lesson I learned from these men of faith is that you cannot confront evil and violence at a distance.
The presence of God shows up when we show up
The volunteers who joined their cause to stamp out the violence in the stands learned to run toward the violence instead of away. It is hard to be a peace maker at a safe distance.
In their presentation, David challenged us to believe–to believe the first words of the Great Commission:
All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me–therefore go make disciples of all nations….
In other words, where Satan and the forces of darkness are on the march–they are there without rightful authority. In the name of Jesus we called to be the peace makers and to take the land that is already ours.
David and Richard believed God would bring peace to the stadiums of Argentina and He did–now they believe God can bring peace to the streets of Juarez and all along the border and I join them in believing He will–by His authority.
We must never forget who really calls the shots!
El Paso Times April 4, 2011:
There were 183 homicides in March and about 600 so far this year in the Mexican border city.
The senseless killing continues.
The violence never sleeps.
America’s addition to drugs has a bloody high price tag on both sides of the river–lives lost in on a fake “high”–lives lost on dusty streets.
These words of the Prophet Micah to Israel scare me a bit:
9 Listen! The LORD is calling to the city—
and to fear your name is wisdom—
“Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.[a]
10 Am I still to forget, O wicked house,
your ill-gotten treasures
and the short ephah,[b] which is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales,
with a bag of false weights?
12 Her rich men are violent;
her people are liars
and their tongues speak deceitfully.
13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you,
to ruin you because of your sins.
14 You will eat but not be satisfied;
your stomach will still be empty.[c]
You will store up but save nothing,
because what you save I will give to the sword.
15 You will plant but not harvest;
you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves,
you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
16 You have observed the statutes of Omri
and all the practices of Ahab’s house,
and you have followed their traditions.
Therefore I will give you over to ruin
and your people to derision;
you will bear the scorn of the nations.
Could it be God is on the move in ways we do not want to see?