When Law and Order Breaks Down, Anarchy Arises
Ramon Arias | July 18, 2016
More and more people are asking, what is wrong with the world? Where is America headed with so much lawlessness and crime? Why is safety eroding? These undeniable truths and facts are all around us; the social order is collapsing and there’s no denying it, there are more questions with no clear answers in sight.
For a better understanding, let us break down what anarchy is. In its simplest form, we have the definition from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a situation of confusion and wild behavior in which the people in a country, group, organization, etc., are not controlled by rules or laws.” The broader definition is:
1 a: absence of government
b: a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority
c: a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government
2 a: absence or denial of any authority or established order
b: absence of order.
The following are synonyms of anarchy: chaos, confusion, hostility, nihilism, rebellion, riot, turmoil, unrest, disorganization, disregard, misrule, revolution, mob rule, nongovernment and reign of terror.
With this definition in mind, ask yourself, how difficult is it to understand what is taking place in the nation and the world? Have you heard of the phrase “ideas have consequences”? How about Newton’s 3rd Law of Action and Reaction in physics? Here it is: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Do you think this law can also apply to human behavior? Then there is what the apostle Paul wrote two thousand years ago using as reference the law of sowing and reaping: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) Ideas are powerful, they reveal how people live and act, so as you can see, we cannot escape the world of ideas, but we can sort out the ideas that produce the best results, proven by history.
Over thirty years ago I started warning the people of the many nations I have visited, about the coming of the most destructive cycle in human history. Since the dawn of the human race, everything has been moving and continues to move in cycles: nature’s cycles, and human behavioral cycles. There are cycles in nature, which reveal that humans have a lot to do with the outcome of society because it is related to their behavior, therefore manifesting itself in the social breakdown. Humanity goes through different cycles in economics, civil war, war between nations, mass migration, minority problems, power of the elite, big government, state control, religion, politics, drug consumption, suicide, collapse of the family, abortion, euthanasia, race, the demise of authority, law and order, etc. A common mistake that generations make is a total disregard for the past. I respect the accounts of unadulterated history, and I am always watchful for those who feel they must rewrite the events of the past in pursuit of their utopian agenda.
For thousands of years, there are those who look to the past to understand the present and know what the future will bring; this is a great mix of individuals with different philosophical and religious backgrounds. The challenge has always been to discern the accuracy of their predictions; no sane mind can deny that all people are interested in the future.
The most destructive of all cycles is moral anarchy. In the fifteenth century, Europe was in social shambles; people wanted to be a law unto themselves to do as they pleased. This social chaos inevitably led to being ruled by force and tyranny.
Moral anarchy at the State level cannot demand moral responsibility from a society in decay; it has never worked and never will. When society breaks down in its law and order, we have lawlessness; it is impossible for this behavior to produce order. What bailed Europe out from total collapse was what a Catholic priest, by the name of Martin Luther, did who produced Ninety-five Theses, and nailed them to the door of the All-Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. These theses were in protest of the indulgences and abuses of the Roman Catholic Church. The Reformation of the Church and politics changed most of the institutions in Europe.
The focus of the 16th century Protestant Reformation was directed at the heart and mind of people of all ages and social status. It was against the pervasive ignorance of God’s revealed truth as recorded in His Word.
The outcome of the present horrible cycle we find ourselves in—which will only increase its intensity—will depend upon the people’s reaction to the law of God’s moral relevance in all areas of life. We can rest assure that if it worked five hundred years ago, it can work today with far greater positive results and leave a superior legacy to future generations. Why? The answer is simple, because the Almighty has proven that His Word is the ultimate truth for all time.
True positive changes can only take place when they are individually accepted in the heart and mind. Moral and social anarchy does not happen to animals and plants, it is what dominates people internally and rules their actions. To bring about peace, and prosperity, our culture and its social institutions must reform with proven historical biblical changes. America and the world need people that will reform from the inside out with God’s power and then work for social reconciliation; we have no other choice if we want the best:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, ESV)
As a side note: Be reminded that we are in the middle of national, state, county, and local elections. Do your due diligence and elect those who are more qualified to turn society around for the better. The perfect candidate may not be there but this is not a good reason for you to do nothing. I know you care for the future of America, do your part and hope that more God-fearing people will step up to the plate in future elections.