hateandviolence

Never before has America been hammered by such domestic hate and violence on a daily basis. We could blame it on the liberals reacting in desperation over losing their momentum in the socialization of the nation. We could blame it on the President’s malicious rhetoric. But, the real cause is the abandonment of spiritual sensitivity predicted long ago.

Who is responsible for all the obscene lambasting, assault, and killing? Everything in me wants to point to the likes of Maxine Waters, Robert De Niro, Eric Holder, hecklers and rioters, and the liberal news media.  And, yes, I wish the President would tone it down. However, if we can just step back and take a deep breath, we can see it is not so much who is responsible; it is what is responsible. A basic understanding of prophecy and the destiny of mankind provides all the insight we need into what is happening.

Just a cursory look at recent history reveals we have been experiencing a progressively turbulent and decadent time over the last half century. We can’t continue in our present trend of moral decay and humanistic leaning and expect to survive for much longer. The Bible is clear in its description of the approaching culmination of all creation. Here are some words of Jesus from Matthew 24 describing the end times:

  • You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars…nation will rise against nation…there will be famines and earthquakes…many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another…false prophets will arise and will mislead many…because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.

I believe we are living in this period right now. At no time in American history have we witnessed such animosity including verbal as well as physical attacks on each other. Certainly, the Civil War divided our nation, but that was over the narrowly focused issues of slavery and states’ rights. Our present divisions are fueled by almost unlimited political, social, racial, religious, and moral issues. The scope of the hate is too wide to be explained as issue related. The exponential increase in shootings, bombings, riots, assaults, and conspiracies is a symptom of many hearts grown cold and minds turned evil across the full spectrum of the population.

Our condition is the foreseeable result of our movement away from God’s standards and our acknowledgement of Him within the family, government, and through the church. America’s religious quotient has been measured often by numerous research organizations and found to be swiftly digressing in all things spiritual. History shows repeatedly that nations suffering our condition become weakened and often eventually cease to exist.

This seems bleak, but we are not without hope. Such condition is the precursor or early sign of a much better time. The Bible promises that, when hate and violence get so bad we can no longer survive, God will bring everything to a triumphant end as Christ comes again to re-establish peace and perfection on earth. How much longer that will be, no one knows. But, we are experiencing most of the preliminary signs today.

We should always strive for love and peace within our society. We should pray, worship, vote, serve, and communicate in a way that promotes harmony with one another.¬† However, ending all the hate and violence is not going to be accomplished through the government, social programs, or even individual behavior. Our real hope is the peace that passes all understanding. This hope is only realized through a return to faith in God rather than man and living in anticipation of Christ’s imminent return.