The shop owner surveyed the broken front windows and overturned shelves in his store. He told the reporter. “These guys have smashed and grabbed several other stores on this block. The cops don’t do anything and if they do, the courts put them back on the streets.” Shaking his head, he shouted, “Are we or aren’t we a nation of laws?”
The reasons for the alarming increase in smash and grab incidents in many American cities are complex. There is low morale amongst many law enforcement officers because of defunding the police movements. Related to this are insufficient numbers of law enforcement who have either retired or left the police force. Finally, many cities have decriminalized low-level offenses, raising the threshold for a felony theft from $500 to $950, emboldening criminals to steal up to this limit and not risk imprisonment. Of course, no one is keeping an accurate accounting of the amount of each theft and the thefts often exceed these limits. Many have simply given up, resigned that the government is no longer protecting its citizens. Others no longer care.
These are dark times. The Lord Jesus Christ prophesied these days. Thousands of years ago, the disciples of Jesus Christ asked Him to tell them what would be the signs of His return to earth. Many of the events that are happening in the world were described by Jesus. Wars and rumors of wars. Famines and earthquakes. The demise of law and order.
Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
Matthew 24:12-13 (NASB)
Even Jesus did not know the exact time of His return, only God, the Father did. However, He did reveal a sign when the end will come.
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:14 (NASB)
As believers in Jesus Christ, we are to remain steadfast in sharing the hope and Good News of the message of salvation through faith and belief in Jesus Christ. We must overcome the attitude of defeat and indifference that this current wave of lawlessness has fomented. Whether it is through the internet, the written word, or directly sharing with others, the Gospel will be preached in the entire world.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.