Violence is on the increase and has been for some time. Why? Why is this happening in our beloved nation? Please consider these observations.
There are two things that are basic to peace in a free society. The first is a Biblical perspective of people. That perspective is that all men have a soul made in the likeness of God. You have been endowed with a soul made in the image of God and every person on the face of the earth is so endowed. The value of a soul can be measured by what God did to save it. “By the grace of God, He tasted death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). That is how precious souls are in the eyes of God. But our society has lost this perspective of people. And so, it is not surprising that society has so little regard for life.
The second thing basic to peace in a free society is a Biblical perspective of the justice of God. Why would a man, after shooting his wife to death, then put the gun to his own head and pull the trigger? Because he believes by taking his own life, he does not have to pay for his crime. But five seconds after he pulled that trigger, he was in a whole lot more trouble than he would have been had he not done so. A bullet to the head or a rope around the neck or an overdose of drugs is not the way to get out of trouble. That’s when the real trouble begins. Please read Mark 8:42-48; Luke 16:19-24; Hebrews 10:26-31; 2 Peter 2:4-9.
Those who have lost a Biblical perspective of people and lost a Biblical perspective of the justice of God have done so as a result of rejecting the Word of God as an objective authoritative standard by which we must live and by which we will all be judged. And it must be restored if there is to be a change in the conduct of society.
- Jack Harriman, pulpit minister & teacher