In a viral video that has been viewed more than 130,000 times, a six year old boy, Jeffrey Laney pleads for an end to violence in his community. Jeffrey and his mother Leandra currently reside in St. Louis Missouri where only weeks earlier a teenage family member was killed in a drive by shooting. In a video that first appeared on Facebook, little Jeffrey, overcome by fear, grief and at times anger says, “I’m a kid,” “I’m not supposed to be knowing about all these guns. I know about all bad stuff I shouldn’t know about.” Jeffrey also professes the love of God and how people should put trust in him.
Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
As Jesus Christ himself says “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” We live in a world of violence and iniquity and as a result the heart of man has grown cold and callous.
Jeremiah 9:21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.
Although 6yr old Jeffrey has clearly been blessed with an insight that reaches beyond his short years, it is doubtful that he would be able to understand that the issues in his community serve as a microcosm for the current state of the world. Neither would he understand that the scriptures also prophesied concerning the manner of death that many inner city youth would face in these days and times. In these cities plagued by violence, death has come into our window in the form of stray bullets. And too often death cuts down the young men from the streets in the form of drive by shootings which claimed the life of Jeffrey’s 16yr old cousin.
Deuteronomy 28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:
At one point in the video Jeffrey tells us that he is afraid to die and he is afraid for the members of his family but he resigns to put his trust in God for protection. As men of Christ who trust in his goodness, we know that Jeffrey’s faith is in the right place.
Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
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