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Thoughts on the News

JeffLogan's picture
JeffLogan's picture

Provoking people to riot

Heard pundits (even conservatives) say that the police should not confront people for smaller crimes because it could erupt into something both sides will regret. I recall that this is exactly how New York City reduced its crime rate--it arrested people for minor offenses e.g. jumping subway turnstyles. The thought was that if they showed a disregard for minor laws they would probably also have a disregard for other laws. Turns out they were right. Those arrested often had outstanding warrants or their DNA or fingerprints proved evidentiary.

There's a verse in James which reads, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." A disregard for the least significant law of God--or, that law which is regarded as least of all--demonstrates that the heart is not in harmony with God's will and thus proves contempt for the entire law of God.

Another point: Scripture also tells prophetically that a time will come when they call good evil and evil good. It has come to that point where things that displease God are excused as socially accepted norms--effectively saying that what God has called evil we are pronouncing "not that bad", or good.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV