As we watch the riot scenes in places including Baltimore, many of us are asking what we can do to make things better. Questions are being asked that need real answers: Is there really a race war going on in the United States? Are young black boys really being targeted by corrupt police? What is the cause of all this unrest and what can we do to change it?”
There are some facts you need to know that aren’t being exposed by the mainline media. The areas in these cities where these riots are occurring are economically challenged. The people are poor who live there. There is little productivity in the lives of people who live there. Gangs are often present and crime is high. I propose the reason for these riots is not because of any race war but because of the social-economic condition of those areas. When people have very little incentive to get ahead, they seek other things to fill up their time and, unfortunately, because they are poor, many use crime to meet their needs.
Were you aware that the cities where these things are happening are under the control of the far left liberals? That should speak volumes. Liberal policies do not work and only lead to more problems. The evidence is overwhelming on this point. Anyone who doubts this needs to take an honest look at California and what’s going on there. They have so many problems in that state I cannot even list them all here.
My purpose in this post is two-fold. First, I want to demonstrate we have huge cultural problems in the United States right now. That should be obvious without me saying any more than I already have. Secondly, I want to discuss the only way out of it. Yes, there are solutions if we are willing to pursue them, but all true solutions start and end with God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ did what was necessary to accomplish the redemption of not only mankind but the entire world. He is the one who is returning to straighten things out permanently. In the meantime we have governments established for the purpose of enforcing good and prosecuting evil int his world. It’s the government, then, that’s not doing its job when things go wrong as they clearly are throughout our nation.
God is Into Change
God says throughout His Word that He’s into changing things for good. Here’s just one verse where He promises this:
Isaiah 43:18-20 Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.
“The beasts of the field will glorify Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I have given waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My chosen people.…
Now that’s the heart of God for His people.
Let me show you what God and our Lord Jesus Christ are going to absolutely do without man being able to interfere.
Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
God has promised He will “…make everything new.” What a wonderful promise! In fact things will be so wonderful that we will not even remember the ‘former’ things that we’re going through now in this dark, evil world.
Now those are wonderful promises to look forward to, but I have news for you! For we who have confessed Jesus is Lord, He’s already done something new.
II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
There you go. We are God’s new creation in this world right now. It’s up to us to shine forth the light of God’s Word and share the power of His love with others in this dying world. If you want to change the world, it starts with you and it starts within you. Having been born again of incorruptible seed by the Word of God which lives and abides forever, you are in the position to make positive changes in this world.
The Solution is to Answer Injustice With Justice; Answer Hate with Love
Throwing temper tantrums when bad things happen doesn’t change a thing. Taking advantage of a peaceful protest to set cars and stores on fire and to steal booty is only adding to the problem. Justice works differently than this.
Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
That’s my admonition to you today. Answer evil with good. See what it does. Remember what Proverbs says, “A soft answer turns away wrath.” God’s Word is full of information on how to overcome evil and I’ve mentioned only a couple of verses. Dig into God’s Word yourself and discover how God wants you to handle the evil in your sphere of influence. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Change yourself and change culture.