Who is to blame for London's violent crime issue?

London’s murder rate has recently overtaken New York’s. And we want someone to blame.

Shadow police minister, Louise Haigh, said that the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has ‘serious questions to answer’ over declining police numbers.

Rudd rejected a ‘political tit-for-tat,’ describing serious violence as a ‘complex crime.’

Personal Responsibility

Social trends like these are complex issues. We can talk about factors such as psychology, gang mentality, and police numbers.

But while politicians engage in a slanging match, there’s an elephant in the room.

Nobody’s mentioned the people who fired a gun at another person. Or the ones who didn’t love, but stabbed their neighbour.

In a society which says that we’re all good at heart, our search for justice can only lead us to politicians.

Amber Rudd may have some questions to answer. But before God, the responsibility for these murders remains with the murderers (Hebrews 9:27).

A Personal Salvation

Taking out any personal guilt for wrongdoing – be it serious crime or more acceptable things – takes away any need for a personal saviour.

Being good at heart means God must accept me. Being sinful at heart means I must repent and fall at the feet of the God who offers his grace in the gospel.

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (1 Timothy 1:15)

These are the words, not only of a murderer, but a murderer who is sharing eternity with people he murdered.

God’s grace is vast.

Before him, we are to blame. But Jesus took that blame on himself so we’d go free (Galatians 5:1).

This is the gospel – God’s grace, not to those who think they’re righteous but to those who know they’re sinners (Luke 5:32).