Riots in the Streets
As I'm watching the news I see a lot of anger at injustice and corruption, a lot of disillusionment and frustration and a lot of the mob mentality. Even after winning or losing a basketball game, young people hit the streets and commit criminal acts. The questions that need answering are what’s behind these trends and the wave of riots like we seen across the nation? And what’s the solution?
If you read 2 Timothy 3:1-4, you will see what kind of time and what kind of people make up the last days. There will be times of great violence. People will be selfish and love money. They will brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They will curse and disobey their parents, show no gratitude, have no respect for what is holy, and lack natural affection for their families and one another. They will refuse to make peace with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what is good. They will be traitors. They will be reckless and conceited”.
Jesus called Herod a fox and the religious leaders of His day serpents. It sickens me to listen to some of the politicians and preachers trying to paint a picture of rioters as frustrated saints. They are even praising murdering drug dealing gang members. They must be mama called preachers because you will never hear God called preachers calling evil good and good evil. I'm only talking about those I have seen and heard with my own eyes and ears. A question to you pastors who are trying to straddle the fence, since when is it acceptable to riot in the streets when you disagree with something or are disappointed by something? It's almost getting to be a daily thing when we watch the news where mostly young people rioting in the streets, smashing windows, setting fires, throwing rocks and turning cars over. Why is that? Why is that not an outrage? Why is that accepted as just what people do? I'm not talking about protestors, I'm talking about the rioting thugs. And by the way, why are the preachers so upset at calling a thug a thug?
Remember what happened when Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno got fired? I watched from my living room, a bunch of white young thugs hitting the streets committing criminal acts. No, I'm not going to call them students or frustrated young people, they're thugs. If it looks like a snake, crawls like a snake and hisses like a snake, it must be a snake. I understand the loyalty to a legendary coach, But does that make it ok to overturn and destroy a TV news van or pelting the police with rocks?
What about those mostly white thugs in Kentucky who rioted after they lost a stupid basketball game! Yes, I said stupid. I'm not going to call them students who were just expressing their anger over the loss. They were committing acts of thuggery.
Why is street rioting acceptable when our favorite team wins a championship game? Should we just accept it as youthful exuberance when hundreds of teenagers and young adults set fires in the streets, break storefront windows and help themselves to whatever merchandise they can carry? Once again, mostly white and I won't call them anything but what they are, THUGS!
Then there are political riots. People are angry about what a particular governmental administration is doing, so they riot in the streets. Others are angry because the government is not doing enough—another riot. Ferguson and Baltimore riots because of people rushing to judgement. I feel so sorry for what happened to Freddy Gray. If the police are guilty then they need to be brought to justice and if Freddy did this to himself, people need to accept it. Let the system do what it was meant to do. If it's broke, then we need to fix it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with peaceful protest but acts of rioting are wrong, it's criminal. The rioters in Ferguson and Baltimore are nothing but a bunch of Thugs. The peaceful protestors are no doubt doing what they feel is right and they have the right to express themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner.
Do you guys realize that this world is on the verge of economic chaos or even collapse? How much more rioting in the streets will there be when the grocery store shelves start to empty? Like it or not, it's going to happen one day.
So what's the answer? Sugar coating the problems is not going to solve anything. Calling thugs misguided and frustrated young people is not going to solve the problem. Those so called pastors in Baltimore need to open up their Bibles and read it!
I believe with all my heart that we are living in the last of the last days. If we are living in the last days before the return of Christ, what should we as individuals do?
The apostle Paul explains that we are to resist the evil influences of this world, and instead we are to grow to be more like Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:13-15). I can just see Jesus rioting in the streets of Jerusalem because of the injustice He received from the establishment.
The key to learning how to live peaceful and contented lives is learning the standards of Jesus Christ and implementing them in our lives. Paul encourages us to grow in love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). He tells us to put away bitterness, wrath and anger (Ephesians 4:31). He says to look out for the interests of others and to have the serving, self-sacrificing attitude that Jesus Christ had (Philippians 2:4-5). Where is the Christian message to those young people to "love one another"?
I want to be sensitive to people and their feelings but at the same time, I must be loyal to God and His Word. I believe Freddy Gray will get justice either now or at God's Judgement. May God raise up Real Preachers in Baltimore and America who will preach the truth like Paul. Let’s teach our young people that the only answer is JESUS CHRIST and that love will cover a multitude of sins! Jesus said that we should even love our enemies. I haven't heard that message in the streets of Baltimore. God Bless!!