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Hell no, we won't go!

— This phrase was chanted by some Americans during the Vietnam War Era.

They were objectors to the war, objectors to the draft, death and killing. There is a war going on today in the hearts of our friends, neighbors and family members. It is a war between life and death. It is a war between hope and hopelessness. It is a war between healing and more pain.

We need to stand up and say “Hell No” to more pain, no to death, no to killing. Hell No! We won’t go down that path!

We need to say no to more hell. Hell is a word we use to describe the worst pain, anguish, unrelenting suffering, inescapable eternal torture. It is a pretty good word to describe what many are feeling in our community. Unexplainable, traumatic, silent, self-inflicted death creates a whirlwind of hell for everyone it touches. To the tormented, depressed and injured it seems like a solution ... but for those left in its wake it is just plain hell. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Suicide is not a solution at all! There are real solutions to our very real problems.

Hell is real. We feel it. We taste it. We experience some of it. It is repugnant. We hate it. We want to deny it but its reality is present today and we fear it is permanent today. We struggle to break free from its bony fingers around our soul.

There is a great deceiver amongst us. He traffics in death, destruction and hell. He likes to twist the facts, blame God, create guilt, create hopelessness and create dead end paths to destruction.

We need to stand up and say “Hell No! We won’t go down your deadly paths!” We will live! We will recover! We choose life! We choose hope!

We will get help!

Hell No, we won’t go!

Kelly Lineberry is pastor of The Life Center in Kamiah


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