Yesterday morning a popular boy whom we knew from the neighborhood we used to live in was shot five times and killed here in Marion. What a waste. You can tell from the response on his Facebook page that he was well loved.
My sense is that he was on a typical trajectory. Easy going kid hanging out with friends, having a good time, living for pleasure. No sense of anything greater than doing the next thing. No sense of how his next thing might come into conflict with someone else's next thing.
The church is not having much impact this age group--high school and just after who aren't headed to college. Those who try mostly just come off as preachy. The trajectory of the government toward his demographic is either to reinforce the status quo (Democrats) or to worsen it (Republicans). I have heard of some Christians who move into neighborhoods without meaningful trajectories and actually live out good news, give hope, give healthy distraction.
God save us from ourselves and send us some true prophets...