Many of us have watched in disbelief what happened in Minneapolis. In horror, we’ve all seen the videos of the senseless death of a defenseless, handcuffed man at the hands of those who are sworn to serve and protect. So the feelings of anger that rise up when seeing such injustice is understandable and might be the perfect example of righteous anger. But the chaos that quickly ensued was equally unjust for the focus was no longer on the injustice but on the rioters, looters and arsonists. A civil
protest quickly transformed into lawlessness. Feeling anger, even intense anger, is not always wrong. Read Mark 3:1-5 where Jesus was filled with anger towards the Pharisees who wanted to condemn Jesus for healing on the Sabbath or Matthew 21:12-13 where Jesus was angered by those who turned the temple into a flea market. But to respond to sin by sinning is wrong as lawlessness, just like murder, is a sin (I John 3:4). We know from scripture that in the last days lawlessness will abound (Matthew 24:12) and we see that happening right now. But we also know in the last days Jesus will send His angels to pluck the lawless out and cast them into the fire (Matthew 13:41-43). We pray for peace, comfort and justice for the family of George Floyd and also that peace and healing be restored in this country.
Mark 3:1-5 (NKJV)
1 And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, “Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
Matthew 21:12-13 (NKJV)
12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ “
1 John 3:4 (NKJV)
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
Matthew 24:12 (NKJV)
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Matthew 13:41-43 (NKJV)
41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!