The symptoms (violence, greed, hate, etc.) of sin are painful, but until we focus on the root cause, healing can't begin.
There's a tendency for humans to assume we have the unsoiled vantagepoint on God, and that our opinions are without bias or interpretation. Yet, we all see God through a lens, and too often that lens says more about us than it does about God.
We want the people, communities, and traditions we love to be static and unchanging, but in resisting change, we ultimately stunt the growth and transformation of these same people, communities, and traditions.