Letter: Congregations should pray every Sunday for a nonviolent community

I am writing as an African-American former assistant district attorney and former city prosecutor who is completely dismayed with the conduct of young African Americans. It seems as though the young black male is truly an endangered species. The ones who are in the news on a daily basis detract from the good works of the many.

The broad brush is used to paint an awful picture of an entire group of people. Be of good cheer; percentagewise, the vast majority of young black males are doing good works and good deeds.

Now, about that percentage who are being consumed by rap music and video games, those not in school or not achieving while they have been desensitized to violence:

The antidote to the problem, I believe, is the least expensive medicine of all. In fact, it is free, and that is PRAYER. I challenge all pastors and churches to pray without ceasing regarding this matter. At least every Sunday, there ought to be a special prayer and prayer time set aside to pray for a nonviolent community. A time to pray that the Lord will touch the hearts and minds of these young people is upon us. I see this as selling a product, that being the product called nonviolence.

Let us saturate the communication lines to the Lord through Jesus Christ with our petitions and prayers that he intercede on behalf of these young people and all the pain and grief that their unthinkable actions bring to their loved ones as well as the loved ones of the victims.

All Christians should know that prayer changes things, and if we are all doing it at least every Sunday, I believe it will have an awesome effect. If we can make this an item of interest the way we do the Saints, the Tigers and the Jaguars, I know we will be able to touch at least one person before he commits his senseless acts.

When we have everyone on the same page talking to Jesus, we cannot fail. He will not let us fail. We all know his eyes are upon the righteous and he hears their prayers. Why don’t we try this? Hey, what do we have to lose?

Mike Nunnery


Baton Rouge