Rev. Tom Lovorn, Th.D
By Rev. Tom Lovorn, Th.D.
Posted Jun 11, 2016 at 2:01 AM
Q. Why do you think inexplicable acts of random violence are happening all across our beloved country? Is this a judgment from God? Emily Williams, Seattle, WA
A. I’m glad someone is noticing what I’ve been concerned about for some time. Every day we hear of murders, rapes, mutilations, and other terrible things happening seemingly for no obvious reason. Tempers boil and road rage flares. Snipers shoot randomly at passersby. Mob violence erupts without regard to laws or peace officers. A few days ago we heard about a man who drove across country to kill a professor who did nothing more than disagree with his college project.
Personally, I do not think this is the judgment of God; I think it is the absence of God! I believe it is the consequence of our removing divine protection. Second Chronicles 7:19-22 states what God would do to Israel if they “forsook the Lord God of their fathers.” Surely his Word applies to any nation in covenant with him. Our forefathers entered into covenant with God. The Mayflower Compact said its purpose was “for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” The Declaration of Independence stated our “firm reliance on protection of divine Providence.” Since then, other leaders have given us the national motto, “In God we trust,” and the pledge to our flag declaring us “One nation under God.”
However, in recent years we have made it illegal to read the Bible and pray to Jesus in governmental functions. Crosses that have brought comfort for years are being removed, and military chaplains are forbidden to minister in the name of Jesus. The Ten Commandments upon which our country’s laws are founded are being removed. The Church has lost its uniqueness, and its gospel has been watered down by political correctness.
I believe God respected our request and is removing his protection. Therefore, we are under demonic affliction. Satan and his demons have free reign because they are no longer being held back by the Spirit of God (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). Jesus, himself, warned us in Matthew 5:13, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour …. It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” More evil will happen until we return to the God of our fathers!
• The Rev. Dr. Tom Lovorn is pastor of God’s Storehouse Baptist Church in Richmond and he writes a weekly question and answer column for The Progress-Index. Columns are real questions from readers around the world. “Dr. Tom”, a Petersburg resident, is a long-time columnist with The Progress-Index and a former pastor in the Petersburg community.