A Nation Gone Bad

"There is no greater evil than anarchy."

Sophocles

 

Anarchy is defined as a state of disorder due to the absence or lack of recognition of authority. After watching the riots break out in Ferguson, Missouri, one gets an idea of what anarchy is like. People are mad because they didn't get their way, so they are rioting, looting, burning police cars, and anything else they can think of. They don't feel that they received justice so, for a time at least, they are refusing to recognize authority.

 

Last Friday, our President did the same thing. He did not like the current laws and did not like the fact that Congress would not pass a law to make things like he wanted. So he broke the very Constitution that he had sworn to defend and changed the law by himself. And Congress, with prominent leaders in both houses calling his acts "lawless", has done nothing. They have done nothing despite the fact that they took an oath to uphold the Constitution, (a part of which is to control the President when he breaks the law) they decided to break their own oath because they were afraid of what people would think of them.

 

And, now, they have sewn the seeds of anarchy because the law makers are now law breakers.

 

So, from the White House to Congress to the streets of America, we are seeing people in a general state of disorder because they are refusing to recognize and abide by the laws of the land. And the America that once boasted of being a nation of laws has become a nation of lawlessness. If we are not careful, we will become a nation gone bad...

 

The older I get, the more I look forward to Heaven! It's not that I expect everyone to be perfect here on earth, but I do think it is reasonable to expect that people will at least try to love one another more and respect the rule of law more.

 

Maybe if we all prayed for one another a little more, we could learn to get along. That's what I intend to do, because the alternative - a nation slouching towards anarchy - is almost unbearable to even consider. The verse below is what God has to say about people who refuse to recognize the law. Does it seem descriptive of what America is looking like to you? If so, maybe you can start praying for America and the millions of souls which make up this great nation that now seems to be fraying a bit at the edges.

 

"The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men."

Psalms 12:8, NIV