Lawlessness is one of the most defining characteristics of contemporary American culture, if not the most defining characteristic. Therefore, this is a topic deserving our attention.
It is essential that we recognize the prevalence of lawlessness in our society. It is even more important that we identify lawlessness as a major component of our societal essence. That is, the manifestations of lawlessness all around us do not merely represent isolated events, but rather they characterize who we are as a society. We encounter people who perpetually lie but claim that this behavior does not mean they are liars, as if lying is an anomaly for them, a stranger to their real essence, rather than a defining characteristic of their personality. Of course, such a claim does not reflect reality. A pattern of behavior in fact does represent who individuals are. Therefore, the prevalence of lawlessness in contemporary American society, reveals that this characteristic comprises a major ingredient of our nature.
Consider just some of the manifestations of this societal trait.
As Americans consider the topic of law, our Constitution, the basis for our legal system, should come to mind. American lawlessness begins with our Supreme Court, which some time ago declared their freedom to make the Constitution say what they concluded that it should say. This resulted in the detachment of judicial decisions from the law of the land. At that point we traded in law as the basis for our governance, instead opting for the whims of Supreme Court justices. They broke our social contract. Those tasked with upholding our laws themselves became lawless. One obvious example resides in their creation of the law of separation of church and state, a concept never found in the Constitution and never intended by our founders or reflected in our history. They have employed this total fabrication to shape American as they want it rather than according to our law, our Constitution. Though there lawlessness began some time ago, the spirit of lawlessness prevalent in contemporary American society has totally unleashed it as evidenced by the decision of Chief Justice John Roberts regarding ObamaCare.
We observe another high-profile manifestation of lawlessness in President Obama’s disregard for the Constitution. His pronouncement that he has a pen and a phone graphically exhibits his disregard for the Constitution he swore to uphold, displaying lawlessness both in his disregard for our legal system but also his disregard for moral law in breaking his promise to the nation. Those expressions of lawlessness have led to his display many others. The laws of the Constitution or the Bible have little or no place in his approach to the presidency. His pattern of perpetual dishonesty provides but one graphic example.
Our Congress has displayed lawlessness in many ways, perhaps the overarching one residing in their using power for their own purposes instead of the benefit of the American people.
Our embracing of homosexuality as a lifestyle to be celebrated rather than a sin to be condemned represents a flagrant violation of the law of God.
Illegal immigration constitutes a daily occurrence of lawlessness. The most disconcerting manifestation of lawlessness in this regard is not so much with those desiring to enter this country illegally as it is with our administration, which lawlessly refuses to prohibit them. Obviously we have the resources to stop it if we chose. Permitting and even encouraging this lawlessness represents its most flagrant manifestation.
The riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere also comprise a display of lawlessness. The argument that we should understand the rage, that is, that we should permit this lawlessness because of some grievance, likewise comprises a greater representation of lawlessness than the acts themselves.
This brings us to one of the most foundational expressions of lawlessness in our nation. To a great extent we are a nation governed by the media. They determine in large measure what Americans believe and do. They have become accessories to all of the forms of lawlessness described above by failing to expose lawless behavior as being lawless, and in many instances even promoting it as good. The current hostility our media has induced toward law enforcement represents a prime example.
The above instances of lawlessness merely comprise the tip of the iceberg, some of the most flagrant examples. Countless others could be mentioned.
The American adoption of lawlessness as a modus operandi raises numerous concerns such as what the Bible has to say about lawlessness, why lawlessness represents perhaps the most profound evil, and what is behind this current display of lawlessness. I plan to discuss these and other topics related to this issue in future posts.