By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Insurgence of riotous times is in many nations in the world! There is a dire need of a reconciliation to God with a withdrawal from hatred towards one another. Daniel Webster declared:
If truth is not widely disseminated, error will be; if the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption, and darkness will reign without mitigation or end. (Comment)
The Book of Proverbs reveals that whoso keeps the law is a discerning son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shames his father (Proverbs 28:7). When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people groan (Proverbs 29:2).
Companion of riotous men in this text refers to one who has indulged in sensual appetites with others, bringing himself at last to disgrace and shame, in being perceived as having allowed such to occur. Insurgence of riotous times can be seen in many of the destructive ways that are being entertained by those who have entered into being a companion of such occurrences.
We are seeing, in many nations, leadership loosing respect and effectiveness. We are seeing an insurgence of riotous times in the racism that is surfacing. It is as that of a in-grown toe nail that hurts until dealt with or a cancer that threatens life unless addressed!
Insurgence of riotous times denotes: unrestrained immorality, chaotic times with the effect of a struggle that erupts into violence. Such is happening in many nations who have placed God in the background rather than the forefront.
There is an insurgence of fleshly desires as the morals of the land are pushed aside. Nudity, foul language, indecent dress, are but a few of the things which are being pushed to the hilt by the ungodly. In many Western nations, modern day technology has made the feeding of fleshly desires readily available; with such devices taken over by the ungodly to spew forth the filth and degradation that pollutes the land.
Scripture reveals: The lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof; but he that does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:16-17).
Many have jumped on the band wagon of hatred; rather than national unity. Freedom of speech has become brutalized and hateful; far from the original concept envisioned. The mainstream and social media have helped nourish the growth of disunity; along with well-known individuals who support the ungodly issues of our day.
There are many who receive that which is being promulgated without seeking out the truth. The door has been opened for such to be spewed out with little restraint. Modern day technology; when properly applied, is a good thing but can also be used by the ungodly to spread their agenda.
The apostle Paul, in addressing the church at Corinth, declared: Now in this that I declare to you; I praise you not, that you come together not for the better, but for the worse (1 Corinthians 11:17). There was division and a "Coming Together" for the wrong purpose that darkened the reason of the gathering.
It is a sad state when we cannot see a "Coming Together" towards what is good for a nation rather than personal gain or status. Many individuals have chosen to be vindictive in spirit rather than seek to unify for the common good of the country.
Insurgence of riotous times has preempted God who is the able to restore peace to a willing people. It will take God's restoration to restore order to any nation. Riotous times will continue until the Peace-giver is recognized by man.
Jesus said: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27). As one watches the news; which is far reaching through modern technology, one can readily see the turmoil and unrest in the world today. One can also identify with the fact that most suggested solutions do not include God.
God use to be the solid foundation of many nations; until He began to be edged out by the ungodly. Such has not gone unnoticed by God. Scripture reveals: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap (Galatians 6:7).
Insurgence of riotous times is the fulfilling of prophecy. Jesus revealed a time when men's hearts will fail them from fear, and expectation of things which are coming on the earth (Luke 21:26-28).
When one absorbs the news of the day; it does not paint a pretty picture, only of troublesome times that exist worldwide. However, even in the midst of troublesome times, a lifeline has been thrown to those who are perishing.
Scripture reveals: God sent not his Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:17-18).
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