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John MacArthur

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A biblical response to social unrest

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With all the current social chaos, how are Christians to respond?

As always, we should turn to the word of God for guidance.

Fundamentally, Christians are commanded to:

  1. Love God (obedience),
  2. Love our neighbor (actions), and
  3. Make disciples (sharing).

In Matthew 22:36-40 a Pharisee asks Jesus “…what is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

In Matthew 28:18-19 Jesus commands us by saying “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

So here, in very simple terms, we have what our primary mission is in life and the guidance on how we are to act in accomplishing this mission.

What kind of love is required? The verses above refer to agape love which is total, unconditional love. Love that is willing to pay any price. Love as Christ has for us.

So, how does this answer the issue of racism?

If we are obedient to loving God and loving our neighbor, no further command is really needed against the evils of racism. We are to love everyone as we love ourselves.

God does elaborate, however, in Romans 2:11 where He states “God does not show favoritism.” and James 2:1 saying “believers…must not show favoritism.”

So, any sort of prejudice whether it be economic, political, cultural, or racial is against God’s command to love our neighbor.

One other point, we’re all descended from Adam and Eve and created by God. The Human Genome Project started in 1990, proved scientifically that all men are related and have the same fundamental DNA. In other words, white or black, red or brown, we’re all related and created in the same family.

But, isn’t racism systemic in our world?

What is systemic in the world, is sin.

The bible says Satan is a liar and a murderer.  In 2 Corinthians 4:4, it states “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel…”

Satan is influential over the thoughts and actions of non-believers who are blinded to the true God and is doing everything he can to destroy God’s creation. God, however, is sovereign and is still totally in charge.

Since Satan’s purpose is to destroy everything God has created, he goes after that which God has instituted – the God of Christianity, the family, government, and even all people since they are made in the image of God.

Satan has already made great strides in destroying God and the family by introducing evolution to dismiss God, and by introducing feminism and the LGBT movement to discredit the family. Now, he’s working on destroying government by trying to claim there is systemic racism in order to remove police departments and the judicial system.

God instituted these to control evil. As they are diminished and destroyed, even more evil is let loose. In Romans 1 it says “He gave them over…”

How true are the claims of police racism then?

Over and over and over again in the bible, we’re instructed to be discerning.

Hebrews 4:12 says “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 instructs us to test everything, hold fast what is good.”

Granted, these verses relate directly to spiritual things but they are equally good guidance to the things of the world.

In fact, there is much documented evidence to support the proposition that racism is not systemic in the police system.  Again, of course, there is sin – we live in a fallen world.

But, are we to believe Satan’s lies simply because the media, celebrities, academia, and sports figures repeat them time and time again?

Satan is a liar and the blind who follow him will believe his lies and dutifully spread them.

So how does the Bible instruct us to respond to the government? Should we be protesting?

First of all, Romans 13:1 give a general command about government when it states “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.”

Primarily we need to understand that it is God who has established all governments – even the bad ones.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 says we are to “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…”

We have to ask ourselves, however, why would we protest a lie led by Satan and Satanic organizations whose true purpose is to destroy government? Additionally, when did our mission change – are we not to make disciples? Are our efforts going to change a fallen world? Are we to replace current sinful leaders with new sinners?

Now, it’s not illegal to protest, but why would we join a lie, especially when we have the truth?

Well, if we don’t march, what do we do?

This may be one of the most counterintuitive responses for an American Christian – what we do is “pray.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2 states “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

Do we still believe that? Pray instead of march. Oh, how even as believers, we underestimate the power of prayer. James 5:16 states “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

We also need to enjoy the life we have. We have the truth. We know where we’re going and we awaiting a new heaven and a new earth which will be free from sin.

We should be praying now for this country and the issues it is facing, confidant that God is still in control and enjoying the life that He has given us.

Note to reader: Do not be deceived, we are as close to end times as is possible. The various organizations in the U.S. that are being supported by media, Hollywood, et al, only want one thing, the destruction of the U.S. and control. The only earthly impediment is a Republican win in November. How God wants this to turn out, I don’t know. I do know this, the only ultimate escape is salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you’re a believer, be bold, be discerning, resist sin, pray for God’s will. If you’re not a believer, I pray that you will see the light.

So we need to do anything the government demands?

No!  In Acts 5:29 Peter and the apostles were instructed not to teach in the name of Jesus and responded by stating  “We must obey God rather than men.”

Anything the word tells us to do or not to do which is in opposition to the government, we must obey God and not the government.

Are we then, to be concerned about social justice issues?

“Social justice” is really a Marxist term aimed at destroying society and replacing it with communism.

As Christians, we are to be concerned with the truth of the gospel which is true justice.

Philippians 3:20 states that “our citizenship is in heaven.”

We need to recognize that God is in control of society. He is in control of justice and He is in control of vengeance. In Romans 12:18-19 Paul tells us “…live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge…for it is written: It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”

We are all sinners. I can’t change the history of the U.S. I can’t change the course of sin. I can’t change society, but I’m not commanded to do so.

I am commanded to reach others for the gospel of salvation, to love God and to love others. God will use that as He wills to order His purposes for history.

How would you summarize the issue of social unrest then?

First, the various social movements don’t represent the truth of God. From their websites, they push an LGBT, environmental, and gun control agenda, as well as disbanding police departments and getting rid of prisons and our justice system. This is not representative of God’s word.

J.D. Greear, the President of the Southern Baptist Convention recently sent a letter concerning the death of George Floyd and commented that “and, oh, by the way, let’s not respond by saying ‘all lives matter,'”.  SBTC also signed onto this letter. That’s tragic. We should never bow to anything other than our Lord.

Around 1870 to 1920, the United States was facing a number of social issues – child labor, unsafe work conditions, etc., and many pastors of that time decided to push a social gospel instead of the gospel of salvation. You might think we’re much better off now, but ultimately we just pushed child labor to third world countries. Additionally, all the major protestant denominations died – they exchanged the truth of the gospel for a lie of social justice.

Do black lives matter? Certainly. As do all lives.

What we see occurring now is essentially bowing to the power of the mob, and bowing to Satan.

Movie and sports stars, as well as corporations and even churches, are falling over each other to correct the injustices of the past by apologizing and reparation efforts. Others are marching and rioting to take out their personal sinful vengeance. Still, others are attacking and killing police officers.

None of this is biblical, in fact, it’s sinful. We are to love God, love our neighbor, live quiet lives, respect the government, pray, enjoy life, and continue to make disciples.

Hebrews 13:14 tell us that this world is not our home, therefore, we are to, as Colossians 3:2 instructs “set our minds on things above, not on earthly things.” It is critical that we have a proper biblical perspective of our lives here on earth, and all the more as the end approaches.

In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Paul states “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

We are not social justice warriors, we are children of God who are responsible to share the good news of salvation by our words, our actions, and our love of and obedience to God.

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