Seattle businesses and residents have sued their city over the city’s jeopardizing of private businesses and public safety. According to the suit, by surrendering to anarchists in Seattle’s CHOP zone, the city has failed its residents in its most fundamental responsibilities—preserving public safety and maintaining law and order. The lawsuit goes on to allege that “the result of the City’s actions has been lawlessness.”
In case you haven’t noticed, lawlessness is breaking out all across America. From coast to coast we’re witnessing: (1) the armed and unlawful occupation of private and public property, including city halls and police precincts (2) illegal roadblocks, not only of public roads, but also of major thoroughfares and interstate highways (3) the destruction of private and public property, such as the burning down of private businesses and the pulling down of public monuments (4) the looting of stores by riotous rogues, and (5) crimes of violence by emboldened brute beasts, like the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old in Seattle’s CHOP zone and the violent assault of a state representative in Madison, Wisconsin. Unbelievably, all of this is being done while state and local governments stand idly by and growing numbers of Americans call for the defunding and disbanding of law enforcement.
You can’t make this stuff up, and there’s really no other explanation for it but insanity! Yet, as always, for the brave at heart, who I fear are few in today’s America, there are answers, though we may not like them, in God’s Answer Book—the Bible. First, as the Bible clearly teaches, the acceptance and advocacy of homosexuality is proof of a people’s spiritual reprobation (Romans 1:18-32). Therefore, our country, by enshrining homosexuality in its laws, by legalizing same-sex marriage and consequently granting special civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community, has proven itself spiritually reprobate. Furthermore, having been given over by God to our depravity and reprobate minds, we, as the ancient Prophet Isaiah taught, have become so steeped in sin that we’ve become sick in the head (Isaiah 1:5). In other words, the lawless insanity sweeping our country today is a direct result of our nation’s spiritual reprobation and subsequent illimitable iniquitousness,
In case it’s escaped your notice, many of the protestors perpetrating today’s sweeping lawlessness, as well as most politicians who placate the protestors, profess to be Christians. Indeed, they argue that criminal rioting is a justifiable means to a righteous end; that is, that rioting is right if done in a righteous cause. According to them, lawlessness can lead us to a more lawful society. Needless to say, these absurd assertions are antithetical to the clear teaching of Scripture.
First, Scripture teaches us that a sure way to detect false professors of Christ and feigned Christians is by whether or not they’re guilty of lawlessness, either by perpetrating it or by promoting it. According to the Bible, anyone who is doing either in their life, is exposing the lawlessness in their hearts (Matthew 7:23; 23:28 ESV). Regardless of their profession, Christ is not Lord of the lives of the lawless, whose lawlessness proves their hearts are far from Him.
Second, the Bible teaches us that there is no possibility of a partnership between a righteous cause and a criminal riot. The two are mutually exclusive and totally incompatible (2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV). Lawlessness, according to Scripture, inevitably leads to more lawlessness (Romans 6:9 ESV). Indeed, Jesus predicted that the unprecedented increase in lawlessness at the end of time will not only lead to more lawlessness, but also to an unprecedented decrease in lovingness (Matthew 24:12 ESV)
Third, the Scripture solemnly warns us that the puzzling and perpetual lawlessness that increasingly permeates this fallen world will peak when personified at the end of time by a lawless civil leader, who will rise to power on a wave of anarchy, and a lawless church leader, who will rise to power on a wave of apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 ESV). In addition, the Scripture exhorts the Christian to faithfully persevere and patiently wait for Christ’s return, being ever-diligent not to be deceived by the deceptive lawlessness of the last days (2 Peter 3:14-18 ESV). In light of this grave biblical admonition, one cannot help but think it’s being completely ignored by the contemporary church, which is readily and willingly bowing at the behest of Black Lives Matter anarchists.
In his famous sermon on the Day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter proclaimed that Christ was crucified by the hands of lawless men (Acts 2:23 ESV). It was not just lawless men who crucified Christ in history, but who still crucify Christ today—in their hearts, in their homes, in their communities, and in their country. Lawlessness is sin and sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4 ESV). Wherever it is found, Christ is crucified; and whoever is lawless, is a crucifier of Christ.