The Church Tries To Solve Black-On-Black Crime Problem

Written by Andres Ortiz on March 11, 2013

Church and CrimeIn Miami Gardens, Florida, and Detroit, Michigan, pastors are working with the local government to help end the growing problem of high inner city black-on-black crime. But the programs are not just focused on the outcomes of violence, also the roots of it such as unemployment, illiteracy levels, and housing. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, African Americans only make up 13 percent of the population. At the same time, they make up a quarter of all firearm deaths and over half of all firearm homicides. This is a very serious problem and scandal for the black community.

Detroit’s Steve Upshur is today a pastor with Peace International Church but grew up addicted to heroin and alcohol as a caucasian in Detroit’s black community. He uses the gospel to combat the violence happening in Detroit. When asked about the outreach he said: “My heart is to see the races come together. God put me right where he wants me – in Detroit. I love them and I get to help people who go through hard things and come into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.”

What do you think? Is this a worthy cause? Or should we just let them all kill each other?

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Andres Ortiz is the founder of The Saving, a ministry that plays heavy music with heavier Christian content. His new album "David Star", based on the life of David, comes out March 9th, 2014. Follow @andresaving on twitter.