Make the Bible your only weapon. Remember the words of the gospel song made popular by Yolanda Adams: “This battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.” In other words, the Lord does not need members of the congregation to show up armed.
Repeat after me: The family that prays together stays together. No one ever said that the family that fights together stays together.
Take the “two wings” approach. You’ve heard these lyrics if you’ve been to a black funeral in the past 50 years: “Lord, I want two wings to fly away to heaven, and the world can’t do me no harm.” Just get out of the way, and you’ll be safe.
Denise Stewart is a churchgoing writer in Alabama.