Another child has been killed in America’s gang wars. His name is Tyshawn Lee and he was nine years old. Men lured him into an alley way and murdered him because the little boy was thought to be a snitch of sorts. His father is said to have gang ties and he is not cooperating with the police. Three men have been arrested for the crime.
Since my childhood there has been a lot of talk about what to do about street violence. I’m not sure what can be done. Tyshawn was not killed because someone needed money, or food, or shelter. He was killed because he was a threat to a gang. The men that murdered him placed their love and loyalty of their gang ties above all else. The gang was more important than the innocence of a child or human decency. The gang is their idol. The gang bangers have sold their souls to the devil.
There is no community leadership, social program or jobs program that can help men like these. Even if jobs were plentiful in their community these men probably wouldn’t take interest. They are far too consumed with “Thug Life” to pursue anything decent. I could understand, stealing, drug dealing or prostitution if you are desperate for money. But I can not comprehend how anyone’s heart can grow so cold that they could kill a child.
Over the last year the evening news in Kansas City has been filled with stories of elementary aged children who have died in drive by shootings. Most of there murders remain unsolved. Allegiance to the streets keeps evil secrets and families continue to mourn with no justice.
We need to be honest with what we are dealing with. Inner city street gangs are not merely troubled youth or jobless young men. If that was the only problem they would just vandalize property or fight and kill other men. But these men kill children and go on living for the next kill. Their hearts and souls are possessed by Satan. Their hearts need to be set free by Jesus Christ. There is no other way. There will be no peace without more men in America’s inner cities repenting of their sins and asking Christ to restore their hearts. It takes prayer and reading the Word. I hope more do that before they go to prison, kill or are killed themselves.