For several days I attempted to capture my thoughts regarding what is at the root of abject lawlessness in America. Because it is so very complicated, I struggled to do so. Then I read a piece written by Amir Tsarfati that captures the essence of where today’s conflict is rooted. Rather than re-write, consider him my guest blogger for today. Here is what he had to say:
These past few days were sort of an emotional and spiritual roller coaster for me. As a Bible believer, I never consider this world my real home. However, while we’re still here, we are attached to our national identity and wish for the good of our nation. As an Israeli, watching the events unfolding in the USA is heartbreaking to say the least. I know so many good-hearted, hard-working, law-abiding and God-fearing people there. Yet, we must admit that the rise of the progressive left has been increasing since the 1920s when universities in the US adopted the thinking that came out of Germany.
As explained by the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
The Frankfurt School, known more appropriately as Critical Theory, is a philosophical and sociological movement spread across many universities around the world. It was originally located at the Institute for Social Research (Institut für Sozialforschung), an attached institute at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. The Institute was founded in 1923 thanks to a donation by Felix Weil with the aim of developing Marxist studies in Germany. After 1933, the Nazis forced its closure, and the Institute was moved to the United States where it found hospitality at Columbia University in New York City.
Intellectuals, particularly academic intellectuals, tend to favor socialism and interventionism. How was the American university transformed from a center of higher learning to an outpost for socialist-inspired culture and politics? As recently as the early 1950s, the typical American university professor held social and political views quite similar to those of the general population. Today — well, you’ve all heard the jokes that circulated after the collapse of central planning in Eastern Europe and the former USSR, how the only place in the world where Marxists were still thriving was the Harvard political science department.
More generally, American higher education often looks like a clear case of the inmates running the asylum. That is, the students who were radicalized in the 1960s have now risen to positions of influence within colleges and universities. One needs only to observe the aggressive pursuit of “diversity” in admissions and hiring, the abandonment of the traditional curriculum in favor of highly politicized “studies” based on group identity, the mandatory workshops on sensitivity training, and so on.
The rioters and thugs that are behind the looting, destroying, burning and attacking the innocent are the brainwashed, college-aged, fresh graduates. Their parents paid thousands of dollars to see their sons and daughters become domestic terrorists. They’re not really interested in the life and the rights of the black community. Rather, they’re taking a ride on the death of George Floyd. These anarchists praise dictatorships and condemn their own democracy.
Shocking footage from the DC protests in front of the White House revealed a large crowd, chanting Shiite Muslim praise songs to Iran’s supreme leader. Yes, the one who ordered the killing of thousands of his own people who protested for their civil rights. Evil is everywhere!
The spirit of lawlessness has existed since the time of Genesis 3. God gave specific order (law) regarding what to avoid in the garden. Yet Satan, the cunning serpent, convinced Eve, who then convinced Adam, to disobey, rebel and submit to lawlessness.
The future world leader known as the Antichrist is described in 2 Thessalonians (chapter 2) as “the lawless one”. The same chapter describes today’s reality when it says that the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. The good news is that we, the Church, who have the Holy Spirit in us, are the restrainer that prevents the evil, lawless one from being revealed once we are taken out of the way (note the passivity of the Church in the rapture – we do not depart. There is no departure. We are simply “taken out of the way”).
Friends, this is definitely not the first time we have witnessed seasons of lawlessness in America. However, the level of vitriol and “requirement” of bending to progressive ideology is overwhelming and our nation is coming unhinged. To that, I say two things:
- Jesus Christ is the ONLY hope and the ONLY answer for a nation and a world gone astray.
- For believers, this world is not our home. Yet, we must be ready as a Bride for the coming of the Bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-12, Revelation 19:7-8). Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20-21), and Jesus has promised to return one day to take us away, and to be at home with Him forevermore (John 14:1-3).
Aren’t you glad you know Jesus! (If you do not know Him, today is the day. Click here to find out how.) He is our Blessed Hope and our Anchor in every storm. He is faithful…we must simply fix our eyes on Him and take refuge in Him!