Compton stronghold of vengeance
Callous anger, tit for tat retribution, reluctance to forgive, makes for a stronghold of vengeance The problem in this city of 100,000 is hardened hearts, a refusal to forgive and forget old feuds — smoldering coals
Callous anger, tit for tat retribution, reluctance to forgive, makes for a stronghold of vengeance
The problem in this city of 100,000 is hardened hearts, a refusal to forgive and forget old feuds — smoldering coals that sear. That’s why the mayhem and killing persist in Compton. Unforgiving hearts keep the fury alive like stoking a wood fire. To maintain the flames is to feed the fire.
These old passions must die.
The metaphor ensues in Compton. Unrepentant men and women keep the fire roaring, one life for another — a self-perpetuating stronghold. The holy bible substantiates this in I Corinthians 10: 4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”
The City, County Sheriff’s Department, and the community are wrestling with a stronghold. Councilpersons Janna Zurita and Tana McCoy have marshaled together resources to try to smother the latest violent flare up that has remanded still more of Compton’s residents to shallow graves.
City officials, law enforcement, clergy, and local residents will converge Thursday at Gonzales Park, 1101 W. Cressey St., from 6-7:30 p.m., to attempt to stomp out the flames. The frontline of the campaign must be prayer because Compton’s problem is a spiritual one — a virulent stronghold that only God has the power to fix.
Churches must come together to forge an alliance for concerted prayer for power from On High to assault the stronghold. Compton has numerous churches of all denominations. They all should be at the event. That would be a powerful show of solidarity.
If you can’t be there in person, then be there in spirit. Pray for one hour, beginning at 6 p.m. wherever you are. There is no other way.
If the city is to be taken back from darkness, the truth of God’s Word must be acknowledged, shared, and then put into action. Then, maybe the beginning of the end to the darkness in the streets, as well as the angst in official providence in city government, can happen.
It begins with forgiveness one for the other. The stronghold will crumble and, alas, Compton can heal.