It seems that the daily news is filled with reports of violence in the streets of our nation.  Not surprisingly, times such as these are predicted in Scripture as well as the reasons for this rise in violence –  the neglect of divine laws and rebellion againstGod’s divine institutions of marriage, family, and military/law enforcement.  In such conditions violence is an inevitable outcome in homes and in the streets. This is usually accompanied by economic hardship.  Those whose nature is toward violence and crime pursue a lifestyle that instills fear in a community.  The nation Israel, in its wandering and rebellion in the wilderness, was warned by Moses of failing to heed God’s message ... “But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will bring upon you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life” (Lev 26:14-16). While these verses were directed to Israel with whom God had established a covenant relationship, the judgments stated can be applied to any nation which rejects the knowledge of God.  In fact, a discerning examination of history reveals that the rise and fall of nations are directly related to the acceptance or abandonment of divine truth.  Job, a contemporary of Abraham wrote … “He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away” (Job 12:23). God has established certain divine laws by which mankind can live in prosperity and peace.  He is not arbitrarily acting against peoples or nations but rather His actions are a direct result of revealed divine law that God Himself places in the conscious thinking of mankind.  When man violates God’s order, definite consequences are initiated from the justice of God. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome … “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom 1:18-20). Scripture reveals that there must be a fearful respect for God’s laws of divine establishment.  “The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you, for he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience” (Rom 13:1-5). God’s mandates will not change nor will He resend the effects of redefining or ignoring His laws.  To be complacent in our attitude toward Truth will result in the continued decline of this nation and a rise of violence and crime.  Not only must a community support those who daily serve to protect its freedoms here and abroad, but there must be a change of attitude toward God’s Word. Therefore Paul said… “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved [faith placed in death and resurrection of Christ] and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:1-4).

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