It Seems Bizarre
It seems bizarre that there are groups of Americans violently taking over parts of major cities. That there are groups of Americans deliberately trying to destroy the property of others and any and all emblems of our nation's history.
But it is no surprise, really, if you think of their Marxist goals which "can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions." More recently stated as: "burning down the system". Granted, in a human system some cleaning will be needed, but this ill-conceived method "throws the baby out with the bath water". It sows dissatisfaction, starts with violence and then promises a better system. A system that has failed economically everywhere it was tried, destroyed personal rights & property and killed probably a hundred million people in the process. We see the handwriting on the wall in the promises of those seeking equality and fairness while shouting down discussion, defying laws & systems that protect all and destroying the property of those they purport to help. Where do I sign?
This all seems the ultimate childish (even sociopathic) rebellion--written very large. The human (i.e. sinful) nature doesn't want rules to apply to it, but wants to control others in the extreme. This nature decides it can make its own rules and thrive without all those "nasty, repressive regulations of ancient cultures". Never mind the honing process of millennia! (Of course, the more strongly societies reject God, the stronger & more repressive their own rules have to be, but that's another topic.)
God has a very negative view of rebellion. “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people. (Ezekiel 12:2) We certainly notice an inability to see & hear others--or even reality. Even more serious, it appears that rebellion is an open door to the demonic world. The Bible puts it in the same category of sin as witchcraft itself: “For rebellion is like the sin of divination…” (1 Samuel 15:23). We don't think much about witchcraft, but it is an effort to control things & people for personal reasons (even if they sound altruistic). Its purpose is that a person may deliberately take God's power. Witchcraft relies on personal or spiritual forces, but NOT God. This only leaves 1 option. The original rebel--Satan.
Many crave more fairness, honesty and such. Good! But a rebellious mind that rejects God will never find any of them. Pastor Geoff