Lawlessness Abounds

Lawlessness Abounds by Amazing facts

 

More than 200 girls have been kidnapped from an all-girls secondary school in northeast Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The abduction and other violent acts of this terrorist group remind us we live in perilous times.

Parents of the stolen girls continue to wait for the return of their children and are crying out for stronger government action. Just recently, the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market” he threatens.[1] Unless set free, most will be sold as “brides” to members in his organization for $12 apiece.

Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful,” and the group “seeks to establish a ‘pure’ Islamic state ruled by sharia law, putting a stop to what it deems ‘Westernization.’ ” The group is known for attacking Christians and government targets, bombing churches, attacking schools and police stations, kidnapping western tourists, but has also assassinated members of the Islamic establishment. Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2002 and 2013.” [2]

A driving force behind this extremist group, which is condemned by many outside Islamic organizations, is the combination of religion and violence. Ignoring the government’s laws for free worship and education, they use force to press their views. It destroys religious liberty and creates fear and lawlessness. The Bible predicts an increase of such actions in the last days. Jesus warns, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).

Paul provides a candid description of what is coming. “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good” (2 Timothy 3:1–3). We can certainly see this in northeastern Nigeria.

Some of us live in a state of protected denial about the brutal corruption that continues to creep over the world. In our protected cocoons of safety, we forget about the blood of Christian brothers and sisters shed every day, of innocent girls sold as sex slaves, of villages and churches burned, of women and children murdered in the name of religion. We should grieve and pray for the killings to end.

When Christ returns, these evil servants will be stopped. The judgment will not be delayed and “the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him … and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:50, 51).

Jesus is coming. The brutality will end. The law will be restored. Peace will reign. Will you be ready?

To learn more about the importance of God’s law and the Ten Commandments, click here.

 

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