February 3, 2022
Just last week I read about the extreme increase in crime in some major cities in the United States. The increase was not 20% or even 40%. It was 200 to 400% in some cities! This reminds me of a time in scripture. “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” (Judges 17:6) Over the last few weeks a great number of police officers have been shot and killed. Our political types and talking heads wonder what the “cause” of this is. They say that the problem is guns, too few laws, and the other typical retorts from these faithless, voices of a socialistic agenda. But we know that problem. It was all summed up in a comic strip on April 22, 1970. On that fateful Wednesday illustrator and cartoonist Walt Kelly through his creation Pogo said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
In the book of Judges, you could tell that things were beginning to go astray in Samson’s time, but after he died life in Israel really started going south. After Samson’s story there are five chapters left in Judges. Taken as a whole the last five chapters are an unholy, depressing, disturbing mishmash. Kind of like a Netflix or HBO docu-drama!
The theme for the whole section is, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit. ”Whoever wrote the book just keeps repeating, “In those days Israel had no king.” It was like everybody did their own thing, no matter how messed up, and everybody else just stood by scratching their heads wondering what was going on. Kind of like the current situation in Washington.
With all of this transpiring around us what is the response of the Christian? Are we to stand by and pretend that nothing is happening? Or should we complain and identify the multiplicity of reasons why our civilization is collapsing before our very eyes? Neither of these options are acceptable for the man or woman of faith.
The conscientious Christian should not be shocked at the collapse of civilization. As society moves farther from God this worlds future is more tenuous. We also should not celebrate it. Firemen do not celebrate the fire. They rescue those trapped within. So should we act aggressively and effectively to save those who are drifting into imminent destruction. As the old hymn so clearly states,
“Rescue the perishing,
Care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus the mighty to save.”
God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light