During the Olympics last summer, one of the largest players from a well-known basketball team intentionally slammed into a smaller player from a team that was greatly outmatched. After the game, the smaller player said he didn't understand why, in the Olympic atmosphere of international brotherhood, someone would want to "make violence with me."

It is doubtful that the larger player's action was premeditated. Yet, in the microcosm of that athletic contest, we observe some of the same questions and behaviors that people and nations confront today. Whether it's just two people, two gangs, two ethnic groups, or two nations, you can't help but wonder sometimes, why they "make violence" with each other.

People must protect themselves—that goes without saying. But we need more than short-term responses that only put a stop to single acts of violence. There must be something more. Inside this issue you'll find how it is actually God's love that provides lasting solutions both for individuals and the world.

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Bright, shining spiritual armor
May 31, 1993

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