In the face of the recent riots, we, As American Christians, find ourselves at a point in history, of having to make a difficult choice; simply turn the other cheek, or defend our way of life.
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. (Mathew 5:38-39).
There is no getting around the Lord’s command. It can’t be twisted to fit our situation, it cannot be ignored, but I don’t believe we can use it as an excuse to do nothing.
We are not the first generation of men who have been faced with this decision, and until the Lord’s return, we won’t be the last. Hard times demand hard choices. I’ve thought and prayed about this at length, and it comes down to; am I just to allow evil to destroy the good?
For centuries Christians have been slaughtered by evil, without a fight, they hid, and ultimately surrendered to slaughter, and in some parts of the world, are still being slaughtered simply because they are Christian. While some pious simpletons, from the safety of their own little world, would flippantly say “it was God’s will,” I find that to be contemptible. You cannot understand the fight unless you are in it.
I love the Lord, and if I’m persecuted for him, then I will try with all my strength submit to whatever comes before me. But there are certain things I will not submit to, and will fight will all my strength. I will not submit to anyone that physically attack’s my family. As a man, a husband, and a father, it is my responsibility to provide for and protect them.
In their defense, I will not act in hate, nor revenge, but I will act. If you attack, steal, or destroy my property, then that’s for the law to handle. However, If I or my family is threatened, while you engage in such evil, then I will be forced to make another difficult decision.
Many have fought and died in an effort to stop evil, and preserve the good. The World Wars are proof of such, but today the distinctions between good and evil have become muddied, thanks to a malicious media, which constantly portrays evil as just and good as unjust, but thankfully, we have the scriptures which teach us how to discern between the two.
Many think God is punishing the United States for it’s allowance and propagation of evil, and He very well may be. With our own government funding murder by abortion, encouraging the vice of homosexuality, drug use and abuse, and evil acts without end, tolerated. Money being the deciding factor of guilt and innocence instead of truth, making a joke of the justice system, and a general atmosphere of self – whats in it for me – or, that’s your problem, not mine.
What must we do? First, we must pray. We must pray, pray to the point of interceding for our country. Why our country? The United States still offers the best hope of good over evil, a beacon of freedom, and a source of help for our fellow man, despite what the media says, despite our faults, and despite false accusations from lying social justice mobs, and we can continue to be that hope of humanity, with God’s help, but not if we allow evil to reign unchecked. I believe there are still many God fearing, good people in this country, but our numbers have been shrouded by the publicity of evil.
Abraham gave us the best illustration of intercession when he interceded for Sodom & Gomorrah. Pleading with the Lord “will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” The Lord agreed to not destroy Sodom if there were 10 righteous found. Abraham had a personal interest in trying to intercede for Sodom; he had family there, Lot and his family. How much more should we be willing to intercede for our family, our friends, and our country. I hope I can intercede for our country, because I have a personal interest in it; my family and friends.
Without going to far back in history, and in an effort to limit the breadth of the discussion, I want to focus of the riots of the last 40-50 years, and show the progression of evil in them.
In the mid to late 60’s there were two cultural movements taking place. One, was the civil rights movement, and the other was the protest over the war in Vietnam. While both began as ‘peaceful,’ it wasn’t long before they were both hijacked by evil people, and turned into something else. While Martin Luther King, showed what could be accomplished through peaceful resistance, other groups had more violent plans; the black panthers and the false prophet Elijah Muhammed’s nation of Islam used the publicity of the protests, to incite violence.
At the same time, the protests against the war in Vietnam became sit-ins for ‘free college’ (sound familiar) under the guise of freedom of speech, also became violent. In the end, Nixon was forced to intervene, and the death of 4 student protesters was the result. That marked a turning point in the tide of evil. Why is it those who contribute the least to our society, demand the most, and cause the most trouble? Evil attacks the good, and takes advantage of those willing to help.
The next time evil took over protests was in L.A. riots in 92. The rioting mob used disagreement over a jury decision as an excuse to steal and destroy. Since when did a disagreement over excessive use of force become a legitimate excuse for killing and/or inuring other people and destroying other peoples property, who had nothing to do with the outcome of the trial? Nothing! It was evil destroying the good. In the end 63 people died, over 2300 injured, and a $Billion worth of property damage. Finally between individuals taking the defense of their lives and property on themselves and Federal troops being deployed, it ended.
In 2014, the riots in Ferguson Missouri, which began with a justified shooting incident outcome, turned into something else by evil people. Evil was escalating, this time with the help of the national media fanning the flames of hate by deception. The riots spread to other cities. Widespread theft, destruction of property resulted in $Billions in damages, the lives of 10’s of thousands of innocent American’s lives were destroyed. Their possessions and livelihoods destroyed by evil mobs of violent anarchists.
The handling of the riots in 2014 was different, this time our own government bowed to the anarchists. In their cowardly ignorance (or maybe on purpose) the plan was they would just let the evil mobs ‘get it out of their system,’ and maybe even throw them a financial bone as a peace offering. About this time Black Live Matter and ANTIFA took this opportunity of weakness to build their forces.
Widespread destruction under the guise of social justice is a lie, and an excuse to propagate evil. You cannot reason with evil – evil only responds to force. Sometimes force of faith, sometimes physical force, and sometimes both. The proof of this lies in the recent riots in Minnesota, Georgia, New York, Seattle, and Portland. All orchestrated by Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Evil movements, run by evil people. They were able to get away with it in 2014 and they feel confident they can get away with it now. So far they have. The cities suffering the most death and destruction are run by government leaders who are afraid to meet evil with force.
The progression of unchecked evil in riots over that past 50 years is evident, reasoning with evil is a losing proposition. In short we have reached a climax. Sometimes the climax or turning point is not evident until later, but let me assure you a turning point was reached when an evil 25 year old Darius Sessoms, in broad daylight, shot a 5 year old Cannon Hinnant in the head, execution style, while he was riding his bike.
The worst part of this tragedy is the celebration over the execution of a 5 year old by other evil deviants; boldly saying ‘he deserved it, he was white,’ or ‘he should have ducked,’ and other vulgar remarks. What kind of person cheers and mocks the execution of a 5 year old child?
A few days passed and another event took place, which I think is a sign. 17 year old Kyle Rhittenhouse shot 3 protesters in self-defense, killing 2, while being chased, assaulted, and forced to defend himself. God help us, if he should be the only one to stand against evil.
Which brings us back to where we started, decision time; will we stand and confront evil, or will we allow evil to destroy us? I continue to struggle with this decision in my life. Not the decision of confronting evil, not the decision of defending my family, friends and country, but the struggle of trying to fully keep the Lord’s word, and do what I know has to be done.
In our weekly Bible study, my wife and I were reading Ezekiel, and a verse struck me; “so I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found no one.”(Ezekiel 22:30)
I cannot decide for you. I will not presume to encourage you one way or the other. But know this; you cannot reason with evil.