• Chris Steele

Lawlessness and Rebellion

Be Strong, Be Well — Tuesday, July 14

As we watch, many places in our country are falling into lawlessness. The dictionary defines lawlessness as “a state in which there is widespread wrongdoing and disregard for rules and authority.” Synonyms are listed as anarchy, uproar, chaos, confusion, disorderliness, riot, unrest, rebellion, revolution, criminality.”

Every one of these words fit what’s been happening in our nation over the past few months. And some people in authority are shrugging their shoulders, turning a blind eye, or even giving a nod of approval. What is happening here?

Whoever would have thought we would see the day with such an unconscionable level of lawlessness would be condoned by so many.

The Bible says, “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). Sin is translated from a Greek word which means "to miss the mark," or “veer away from that which is right.”

There is also more in this verse than meets the eye (at least in our Bible studies in the English language). The verb tense indicates this lawlessness is an ongoing, continuous action. It describes one who habitually and continuously practices sin.

What is the difference between the lawlessness and rebellion in the streets of our cities and the one who continually sins before God? All of those synonyms above would fit either one of these situations.

In John’s day, there were folks called Gnostics. They thought they had superior knowledge which made them immune from the demands of the law. They believed God would not hold them accountable for any wrongdoing.

When people think they are above the law, and nothing will come of their rebellious disobedience, rest assured God will judge and punish them. Politicians may turn a blind eye, or even give a nod of approval to the ones tearing up our neighborhoods, but judgement is coming upon them as well.

After presenting a long list of sins, Paul recorded, “who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32).

Sin is Be Strong, Be Well — Tuesday, July 14. Sin is missing the mark. And yes, we all sin and need forgiveness (Romans 3:23: 1 John 1:7-10). May we never get caught up in habitual sin. But, when we do sin, humble ourselves, repent with a contrite heart, and bow before the merciful throne of God and seek His forgiveness. —Chris

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