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Kevin M. Jackson, A 1994 graduate of Savannah State University with a B.S. degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Urban Education from Norfolk State University and a Masters of Divinity from Liberty University. Elder Jackson is a Chaplain in the United States Navy. He worked as a Science educator for over 14 years. Mr. Jackson is the author of two books; When God Speaks and Life Lessons For My Sons. He is the father of Ephraim, Elim and Elisha and several spiritual sons. Elder Jackson is married to Nila Nash Jackson.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Christian Response to Crisis

We have all been alarmed by the horrific tragedy of loosing over 25 lives in Newtown,CT at a local elementary school. Our minds work overtime trying to find a reasonable explanation for such an unthinkable situation. Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased children and staff. What can we do during such a crisis?

  • We must pray for the families who are experiencing very difficult pain and loss. Pray that the Lord will surround them with the right people who will help them grieve healthily.

  • We must commit to educating parents and guardians within our own sphere of influence to cover their children in prayer each day.

  • We must minister to children in a manner that causes them to understand the importance of having a relationship with Jesus Christ and to talk with Him daily.

  • We must pray for city officials and school officials for wisdom to ensure such tragedies do not happen in other schools.

  • We must be listening ears for persons who have no faith in God during these times of crisis. We must be the reflection of who Christ is with persons who have no faith in God.

  • We must attend PTA (Parent & Teacher Association) meetings to ensure that we are all informed about the numerous concerns involving our school systems. This is important whether you have children or not.

  • We must help our children in our churches all of the country to be little lighthouses of Christ's light everyday.

  • We must respond to this crisis with love, wisdom and understanding that can only be obtained from Jesus Christ.
These are only a few steps that can be taken in the wake of tragedy that involves the lives of children. One of the final things I would ask all Christians and nonbelievers alike, please love on your children a little bit more. Spend quality time with them a little bit more. Cherish the priceless moments you have with the small packaged gifts God gives us through our children a little bit more.

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