Knife Crime: Money's not the game-changer
We love a stat. So here’s one which has recently been painted over the news: knife crime’s at a nine-year high.
But stats don’t really cut it. These are human beings.
On 22 February, a young man named Sidali Mohamed was knifed down in my own community.
Who’s fault is it? It’s because of the budget cuts. We need more coppers.
No. It won’t.
Ian’s dad left home when he was eight and he was told to be the man of the house. But he was a kid – how could he protect his mum?
Well, he carried a knife to feel safe.
“The only way having more coppers on the street would have stopped me carrying a knife is if they were going to move into my house 24/7,” said Ian.
This isn’t a simple numbers game.
“I needed a father-figure,” Ian continued. “I needed to see what it meant to be a godly man. But these boys need more than that; they need hope – a hope that only Jesus can give.”
Investing more money into policing is a good thing.
But dysfunctional vacuums of hope aren’t solved by throwing money into them – we need more than that.
We need a hope that tastes better than revenge (Romans 5:2); we need a hope that gives more security than knives (2 Timothy 4:18); we need a hope that transforms us within (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Money’s not the game-changer. We need Jesus.