American society today seems to be progressing rapidly into a culture of hatred, violence, and destruction of values, morals … and even lives.
Instead of having respectful discussions and civil debate about differences of political and religious beliefs, we’ve seen:
- A deranged Bernie Sanders supporter attempt to assassinate Republican congressmen on a baseball field
- A deranged President Trump supporter send letter bombs to prominent Democrats who have been harsh critics of the president and his administration
- Progressive media elites, Democrat political leaders and Hollywood celebrities call for violence against – and harassment of – Republican leaders … and even President Trump
It’s not just political violence and threats of violence that are spiraling out of control … as we’ve witnessed just in the past few days with the horrific massacre of Jews conducting a ceremony in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
They were killed by a deranged anti-Semite simply because they were Jews.
And we’ve also seen:
- Islamic terrorists bomb women and children for not being radical jihadists
- A racist murder black Christians having a Bible study in a black church
- A drug-crazed gunman murder men, women and children worshipping God in a church service
- And much more…
Here are 6 disturbing societal trends you should be aware of … and the solution:
- Hate is in the human heart.
Hatred resides in every human heart. No one is completely free of it. There are no exceptions…
It’s in the part of us that theologians refer to as the “sin nature.”
Most of the time our inner hatred is kept in check by our conscience and by the restraints of traditional societal and cultural behavior norms.
But culturally acceptable behavior norms can be negatively influenced by what is seen and heard in entertainment, news reporting, on social media, and more.
Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately wicked. Who can understand it?”
And Jesus said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts and fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23)
The first murder – of Abel by his brother Cain – was the result of Cain’s hatred of both God and Abel … because God accepted Abel’s sacrifice but not Cain’s (Genesis 4:1-8)
- Anti-Semitism is growing in the U.S.
There are many factors contributing to the growing hatred of the Jewish people within the U.S. – especially among the younger generations. A few of them are:
- Anti-Semitism is being taught in public high schools and colleges.
- Biased media coverage is painting Israel as the aggressor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- Holdover Obama appointees in the State Department are extremely anti-Israel and work tirelessly to undermine President Trump’s agenda … and spread anti-Semitism within the federal government and elsewhere. (See my book, The Deep State: 15 Surprising Dangers You Should Know. Click here to order or order on Amazon.)
The anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose 57% in 2017 – the largest single-year increase on record.
The recent massacre inside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh is the largest killing of Jews ever on American soil…
But killing Jews around the world has been a normal occurrence throughout history.
When God spoke to Abram and told him to leave his father’s house and his home in Ur of the Chaldees and go “to the land which I will show you,” He said:
“I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN) – a nationally recognized group that confronts anti-Semitism in America – noted this following the synagogue shooting:
“History has shown that anti-Semitism doesn’t stop with the Jewish community; this hatred will soon be directed at other people of faith as well.”
- Replacement Theology contributes to hatred of the Jews.
Replacement theology is a heretical teaching that the Christian church – beginning in the first century – replaced Israel as God’s chosen people … and that God is finished with the Jewish people.
A growing number of Christian pastors and church leaders are teaching and spreading this false doctrine.
They take certain verses from Romans 9 through Romans 11 out of context to justify their heretical teaching…
A simple reading and plain-text understanding of the entire 3 chapters of Romans contradicts the ideas of replacement theology.
- Biased media reporting contributes to hatred.
All media reporting that includes commentary – especially commentary that claims or implies a motive for words or actions – is biased.
And biased reporting fosters biased … thoughtless … and often hateful thinking.
While media bias exists with both conservative and progressive news commentators, over 90% of all mainstream media’s coverage of President Trump – ever since his surprise election – has been negative. This is unprecedented in modern politics.
Much of the progressive news bias is subtle and goes unnoticed by most who listen to it. For example:
- The Washington Post called the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter a “Trump supporter” … but didn’t mention that the shooter attempting to assassinate Republicans on the Washington, D.C. baseball field was a Bernie Sanders supporter.
- When it was revealed that the synagogue shooter was actually a Trump hater, the media didn’t apologize for their misidentification of his political affiliation.
- When President Trump issued his travel ban executive order earlier this year, the media – as well as several progressive federal judges – accused him of being motivated by personal hatred of Muslims.
The media also supports and promotes acts of hatred by what it does NOT report.
It’s a little-known fact that some 40 acts of violence or threats of violence against President Trump and his supporters occurred in the month of October alone.
- Assassination attempts of the president and 2 of his high-ranking officials via ricin-laced mail.
- The New York Times ran a story fantasizing about assassinating the president.
- At least 5 Republican campaign centers were shot up and/or vandalized.
- There were 12 rape and death threats against Republican congressmen, their families and supporters.
- There were 9 assaults and attempted assaults against Republicans … and 6 acts of harassment and open calls for harassment of Republicans.
- Progressive news outlets and high-ranking Democrats called for more violence and incivility (i.e., hatred) against Republicans.
- A truck with a “Trump 2020” bumper sticker was lit on fire in a bar parking lot.
- And much more.
- Evil is nothing new. It has always existed.
Hatred, and the evil acts it produces, are often blamed on one’s environment … or on one’s problematic upbringing…
But as pointed out in #1 above, evil began very early in human history … when the environment was perfect.
The evil we see in America today would be much worse were it not for the restraints of law, justice, and the remaining remnants of our Christian culture.
America is defined by our founding principles in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – not by the evils committed by spiritually fallen leaders and citizens.
- It was predicted long ago that hatred and evil would escalate in the end times.
We shouldn’t be surprised at the epidemic of evil we are seeing today. It’s perhaps a sign that we are either in the last days – or approaching the last days.
Remember the words of the apostle Paul in his 2nd letter to Timohy:
“But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power…” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
There is only one solution to the problem of hatred and evil: Forgiveness and Repentence.
Hatred and evil are not national problems for a nation such as ours, whose national government exists only by the consent of its citizens.
Hatred and evil are personal problems that impact democratic nations only when a majority of their citizens refuse to exercise forgiveness and repentance.
What do I mean by this?
We need to forgive those who have demonstrated hatred toward us personally … and who have committed evil acts against us personally.
And we must repent of our own hatred and evil acts that we’ve committed against others.
Our national government leaders should do the same, setting an example for the rest of the country.
But forgiveness and repentance can’t be imposed through legislation or executive order … obviously. They are matters of the heart.
As Greg Laurie said recently at the SoCal Harvest Crusade, “The heart of the problem is a problem of the heart.”
A top-down approach to national evil is – and always will be – inadequate.
We need a bottom-up approach in which individuals draw upon the power of God in their personal lives to forgive and repent.
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