Overlooking God’s Remedy for Crime and Lawlessness

Overlooking God’s Remedy for Crime and Lawlessness

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Each day as we tune into the news, there is report of violent acts, unrest and dishonesty engendering a sense of fear. Added to these is the apparent lack of solution to resolving crime, especially murder. With two months to the end of the year, there is report of nearly 130 murders for the Bahamas. From all appearances, the figures are trending toward a record-breaking year in homicides. What is going on in Bahamas?  Is there no solution?
 
Is There no Solution?
New cars and motorcycles have been purchased for the police and yet violent crime is unabated. Additionally, radio-talk shows are bombarded with suggestions, or what some perceive as the solution to the nation’s vexing problems, and yet crime continues to escalate. Is there no solution or way out? Genesis 18:14 asserts, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”  Then Proverbs 14:34 reminds us, “Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” So could it be that there is a shift from godliness?
 
God’s Remedy
Have you considered the Ten Commandments lately?  Yes, I am aware that we know of them and may be able to recite them, but look at them carefully. Jesus says, in His famous sermon on the mount in Matthew 5, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17, NKJV). In other words, Jesus came to magnify or give the law its freedom to operate. Consider the following commandments:  The eighth commandment says, “Thou shalt not steal.”  This protects one’s possessions. God expects that we respect the rights of others to own and possess things.
The seventh commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” shows God’s value for marriage and the family.  Mark Finley writes, “The seventh command is a call to moral purity.”
The ninth commandment, “Thou shalt not bear false witness,” protects the reputation of a person.  It discourages gossiping, slandering and the misrepresentation of facts.  If these things were allowed, can you imagine what our nation would be like? Then there is the sixth commandment: “Thou shalt not kill.”  If only this was adhered to; for it speaks to having respect for the life of all mankind. Has it been considered that life is precious and is a gift from God? This law safeguards against killing by various means inclusive of abortion on demand.  When there is little regard for life, then it would seem that there is little regard for the Life Giver –God.
This same God enjoins mankind each week to keep holy His Sabbath.  He says, “Remember that Sabbath day.” Do folks remember it? Or are there persons fighting against it?  Could it be that many do not recognize what they are doing by disregarding it and teaching men to do so? 
 
Still Relevant
Though in existence for centuries, God’s law is still relevant for the twenty-first century; and therefore the words of Christ, “Think not that I came to destroy but to fulfill,” are appropriate. When God’s law gets its rightful place, then God will have first place in our lives.
            We cannot have a moral society when we shun the truth and glorify gossip.  We cannot have a crime free community when, according to Dr. Frazier in his book, Psycho Trends, we “celebrate mayhem while simultaneously condemning it.”
            Essentially, we cannot take God’s law for granted and expect a peaceful society or nation.  Each week God is calling, through His Sabbath, for His created beings to remember Him.  This is so that men and women may connect with their Creator and thereby know their roots and identity through true worship of the true and living God.  People who do not know themselves are likely to do the unthinkable. If we are serious about eradicating crime, then we must get serious about God and upholding His Ten Commandments, for they are not ten suggestions!