Concerning England's Riots
1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
The Helpful Link which I have recently added on Christian History has given a good comment on background of the recent commotions in England. It is suggested that much influence of the Church in the community has been lost in recent decades, and consequently the fibre of decent living and moral responsibility seriously compromised. The blogger (Lex Loizides) suggests a return to the service/evangelistic efforts typical of the Salvation Army to again influence a darkened community unto the good.
Press images of the rioting, looting and property damage show not only the presence of apparently hardened anarchists, the disillusioned poor, but also comfortable young people with smiles and a "what the hell" party attitude. While neighbourhoods burn!
Our country is not immune from such lawlessness. Witness the rioting at the G20 Economic Summit in Toronto and at the hockey final in Vancouver. "Sticking it to the Man" of government, bug business or law enforcement has become an option. When the crowds get rolling, crazy things happen.
Again we are talking "commotions" prophesied by Jesus as a significant sign. See our post of July 25th.