How should Christians respond to all that’s happening in our country today? Does the Bible have anything to say about race, social justice, being unequally yoked with unbelievers, endorsing things that contradict Scripture? What about the lawlessness and rioting? [See Romans 1:32]
Obedience to God’s Law matters. We must stay grounded on the Rock of Christ and His truth:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Let’s not be indifferent towards the lawlessness. Pray, yes, but how else should we respond to injustice and sin? With love and truth. Every single person is created in God’s image and has value as God is the Creator of us all.
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings; Acts 17:26
…These are times in which a generation is ignorant of truth – which has been redefined; times of lies being promoted as truth, of open rebellion against the living God, times of unrelenting evil and lawlessness. And the godless are using every excuse under the sun to create a crisis of chaos.
We must not lose our biblical worldview over race or any issue. But let’s be clear: We don’t have a skin problem, we have a sin problem.
We’re seeing some rotten fruit of a generation of people who don’t know God and who have little respect for authority and the rule of law.
But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, 9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners;1 Timothy 1:8-9
…The Bible completely rejects the notion that man is basically good. Rather, there are none who are righteous, not one.
Let’s establish a framework today regarding the heart of mankind; in World War II, 85 million people were killed. Talk about an indictment of the human race. Some estimates suggest 60 million of those deaths were civilians. Another 60 million human lives have been aborted since 1973 and Roe V. Wade.
…Part of the cultural confusion today goes back to the church conforming to the world and some professing Christians not even believing the Bible! This all results in evil no longer being restrained by the church. We have entertainment centers trying to help people feel good about themselves.
To sum up, the crisis that broke the camel’s back in 2020 wasn’t the Coronavirus, it wasn’t political division or the millions in taxpayer dollars spent on a failed impeachment of President Trump, or racial injustice. It goes back much further: the decline of morality, the silencing of the human conscience, the destruction of the family, the attack on authority in government, and the weakness and capitulation of the Christian church to the culture.
By removing these divine restraints, we’re now seeing the fruit of these breakdowns.
BUT HOW IS THE CHURCH RESPONDING?
I’ve observed plenty of Christians, even some pastors, in the past month promoting Black Lives Matter, even marching with them, and have been disappointed. Their response seems to come from a view of “social” justice or of a secular social theory held by many young people today. What do I mean?
We want to be compassionate, loving and empathetic. That’s good. But too many well-meaning people immediately jumped on social justice bandwagons not knowing where those wagons started and where they will lead. Christian friend, be careful who you endorse and align yourself with because it sends a very confusing message.
In particular, I’m referring to Black Lives Matter (BLM). If you are defending this godless movement, you may unintentionally be espousing the values of a worldview in conflict with your own if you’re a Christian. Stay with me here. In essence, I agree with the obvious theme black lives do matter as all human life does, and yet at its root this organization is anti-authority, Marxist-driven, anti-Christian, and anti-American.
You can be a Christian, you can be a Marxist, but you cannot be both!
Three reasons Christians are being pressured into repeating the beliefs of BLM, a neo-Marxist, collective guilt ideology that’s incompatible with the Gospel:
- Fear of not going along; peer pressure
- A misunderstanding of what they’ve signed onto
- An authentic conversion to the radical cause
…HOW DID WE GET HERE?
Think about this for a minute. In a recent poll of college-educated young people, 58% of them said protesting, vandalism, and even rioting are either partly or fully justified due to the injustice of racism. Wow.
Author and history teacher, Peter Heck recently pointed to the education problem in the U.S. by stating: “We are planting the root and then are surprised by its fruit.”
After decades of teaching kids in America to hate their country, take a good look around because we’re now seeing some rotten fruit of the education system. This generation of young adults generally has more disdain for America, but knows far less about actual U.S. history.
Statues and federal monuments are being torn down and they’re trying to erase history. Where will this stop? It’s an insatiable lust for destruction and power. It’s a depraved mind.
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. [See Romans 3:9-18] Verse 10 states: “There is none righteous, no, not one;” and verse 18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
(Video of this sermon by David Fiorazo coming soon)
*featured photo Christian Science Monitor