America Burning


Ferguson, Missouri

Looting.  Rioting.  Stealing.  Theft.  Destruction.  Anger. Burning.  Threats. Violence. Fear-mongering.  Hatred.  Racism.  Disregard for the rule of law. Murder. Rage. Injustice. Inflammatory name-calling. Lawlessness.

These are all summed up in one foul word: S I N.

It is at night when the streets reveal the true state of men’s hearts. The cover of darkness is used to hide the reality of men’s hearts. Whatever else you may want to call it – these are all acts of evil men whose hearts are filled with the darkness of sin. Sin perpetuating more sin and then used as an excuse for even greater sin.

Yet these wicked and evil acts burning from sinful hearts onto the streets of America do not change the simple fact that God is good.

I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes. In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin. The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good. Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong (Psalm 36:1-4, NIV).

Men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed (John 3:19, 20).

But you are sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6).

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5 thoughts on “America Burning

  1. Gary

    Well said Pastor and really addresses the issues not only in Ferguson but all around the world. Our United States of America is falling into the same mold as 3rd world countries with rioting burning and pillaging and to what purpose. There is no justification for the looting and burning.

  2. Other blog posts on this horrifying topic point to fatherlessness, poverty, social unrest, and hopelessness as the cause of rioting. However, these are only symptoms of the root problem. A spiritual cancer is showing its ugliness in Ferguson as the rest of the nation watches in sadness. But, all is not lost; bathing them in prayer can bring about the cure.
    Keep the Faith!

    1. Karin, thank you for noticing the root cause of what’s happening in Missouri. We are so good at pointing at symptoms, attacking them, and then offering temporary remedies which never address the heart of the problem. Let us pray that in this day of God’s grace, His people are about our Father’s business before the night falls completely.

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