Baltimore Burning

Written by Jeff Carlson on .

baltimoreMost of us have heard about the riots in Baltimore by now. Our news will be filled with the story for a while. The trigger for the riots appears to be the unjust death of a man in police custody. Some of the media will be talking about police injustices, while others will mention a lack of jobs, the decay of our inner cities, and families under poor social policy from Washington. However, the real story is much, much deeper and way beyond what any of the media will cover. As usual, everyone will be trying to blame someone. Few if any will take any responsibility for things and another Baltimore will most likely develop in the near future.

As I watched the mobs looting stores, destroying property, burning the city, attacking the police and others, I got a front row seat to see what happens when people have no fear of the Lord. That is what is really going on in Baltimore right now. These riots and mobs are behaving and acting as if there is no God they will have to be accountable to in the end. The lawless behavior we have been watching is a sign that people have had their minds, hearts, and consciences wiped clear of the knowledge of the Lord. The only people the rioters feel accountable to is themselves... as if they had become gods.

While some of us may be shocked about the Baltimore riots, they have been coming for a long time and they are just the beginning of more lawlessness on its way. The reason for that is simple. Our society has been working very hard to remove God and His Laws from our society for a generation or so... and it is working! Do you remember the battles we have faced in America over the past 40 years or so about displaying the Ten Commandments on public buildings and in our schools? Our courts were tied up with numerous cases of people saying that the display of the Ten Commandments in public places like Baltimore was a violation of the Constitution and the supposed “separation of Church and State” in the First Amendment. Clever lawyers were able to twist our laws, as an often passive Christian public sat back and watched it happen. Now we are at a crisis point and few know what to do or have the courage to do it.

The Bible is very clear in Proverbs 1:7 that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Ours is a society increasingly filled with fools at every level of leadership that believe we can create a society without God and His Laws. When a society moves down that path it is nearing collapse. That is the clear and obvious trajectory of America right now and the problem is rarely even mentioned in our churches today, let alone Washington.

When a society comes to the place we have come to today we are going to be vulnerable to our enemies, at home and abroad. This is exactly what happened to Israel in the Bible. As Israel rejected the Lord and His laws, the Assyrians and Babylonians came to bring judgment on her. As a result, it is no coincidence that just as Baltimore burns, so does the Middle East with our enemies shouting “death to America.” The Biblical patterns continue in America and on the streets of Baltimore. The hour is late.

Let’s all run to Jesus and His Gospel and find an abundant life.