The Riots are a Direct Result of the Failure of the Church | Jeff Dornik

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The Riots are a Direct Result of the Failure of the Church

Our world is in serious chaos. Much of America, the most free nation in the history of the world, has had its citizens under house arrest for about 80 days. There are riots in the streets. Stores are being looted. Police are being defunded. We are heading towards the reality of anarchy and the government losing all control. It’s like an apocalyptic movie happening right before our eyes. In reality, I don’t even know if a screenwriter could’ve written a crazier apocalyptic movie.


As Christians, we can rest assured that God is sovereign and in control. Colossians 1:16-17 tells us that, “ For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” While the world doesn’t understand this and is freaking out beyond belief, those of us that have placed our faith in Christ and Christ alone can have a “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)


However, there are a few lessons that we can learn as we watch our nation crumble before our eyes.


First, we are seeing the repercussions of sin and total depravity. We can all agree that the American society has become more and more Godless as time goes on. Even within the conservative movement, we are seeing a separation of conservative values from the Judeo-Christian roots of God’s Word. The Libertarian movement has completely taken God out of the equation. And that’s not even getting into the extreme hate towards all things related to God coming out of the progressive left.


By taking the Christian faith out of society, we are seeing an immoral and godless nation. Riots are happening in the streets. Stores are being looted. Extremely vulgar & hate-filled messaging is being put out towards our President and the police, which are there to serve and protect the American people. Racism is prevalent among the left. Hatred is widespread. Violence is glorified. We are seeing what happens when sin is glorified.


This is reminiscent of Genesis 6:5, where, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”



Second, we are seeing the need for the Gospel to be preached. While the world is focusing on how government can provide the solution to this chaos, we, as believers, know that the ultimate solution is the saving power of the Gospel. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)


While it’s easy to have anger towards those acting out, rioting and looting, we need to understand the theological implications of going through life without the Gospel. Without being transformed by the Holy Spirit through salvation, the lost are going through life without a compass and with the Truth guiding them. They aren’t going through the sanctification process. These riots are evidence of that fact.


We know that those of us who have placed our faith in Jesus Christ will begin to have our lives transformed, and over the course of our lives become more Christ-like through that sanctification process. While we still sin and break God’s commands, we know that we’ll continually be heading in the right direction. As a nation, we are heading in the wrong direction… heading away from Christ.


Which leads me to my last point…


Lastly, we are seeing the result of the church that has failed in its mission. Over the last several decades, evangelism has gone through a fundamental re-definition process. Evangelism used to be the preaching of the Gospel. Now it is simply inviting your friends to church. Churches used to train its members on the fundamentals of the faith and how to share their faith. Now, churches train its members how to get their friends to come to Sunday church, and churches have watered down the Gospel and the sermons, turning it into something that will be appealing to the world. Having a rock show, followed by standup comedy hour or a self-help session. The church is fundamentally failing in its mission.


Think about it… when’s the last time you saw a prominent pastor preach the Gospel to the lost? I mean, they’ll preach sermons ABOUT the Gospel. They’ll write a book on it, host a conference or participate in a podcast discussing it. But when’s the last time you saw one of the Evangelical Elite actually go out into the world and actually PREACH the Gospel? Let me name names: John MacArthur, John Piper, Albert Mohler, Mark Dever, David Platt, Tim Keller, Russell Moore, Thabiti Anyabwile, Steve Lawson, Ligon Duncan. I mean seriously, without going and doing a Google search to try to find a single random YouTube video that no one has seen, can you point me to a time where you’ve actually seen any of these men (or any of the other prominent evangelical elite) actually preach the Gospel to the lost?


“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”

-Romans 10:14


The church has the answer to the problem, but it’s refusing to provide the answer. It’s like a doctor having the cure for cancer but won’t share it with any of his cancer patients. He’ll talk about it to other doctors, write a book about it, speak at conferences about his find. But, when push comes to shove, he doesn’t tell any of his cancer patients about the cure. That is exactly what the church is doing today.


We see the chaos. We talk about it. We hold conferences about it. He write books and profit off of it. But when push comes to shove, we don’t actually tell the lost about the solution. How selfish can we be?


The church will be judged (and probably already is being judged) for this sinful, immoral failure. We can change, however. But it will take men and women to stand up and get out there to preach the Gospel. We have the answer, so let’s shout it from the rooftops!


“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

-Matthew 5:13-16

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