Riots, Flash Mobs and Religion
Riots in London, flash mobs in our American capitol, Washington, D.C.; should we be surprised?
Media sources re-broadcast the reactions and the denunciations of our political leaders like we expect. While venting may appease the populous, great leaders see the future well ahead of the commoner and govern so as to seek to prevent such occurrences from happening in the first place!
Obviously, there has been a breakdown. Do you expect me to go on a diatribe and lash out and assign blame? If so, who? Prime Minister Cameron and President Obama?
Riots and flash mobs are just symptoms of deeper problems that have been ignored for quite some length of time before Obama and Cameron took office. The deeper problems that I am referring to have to do with the weakening of the "Queen of Sciences" influence in society.
How do you prevent rioters from looting and rampaging? How do you best prevent a group of youth from grabbing items from a merchant's shelves and running out the doors without paying? You can deter this type of behavior by throwing them into jail... but notice the question concerns prevention rather than deterrence. While justice can bring a measure of deterrence, it would be a much better strategy of the state to prevent such crimes from happening in the first place.
As a commoner, it amazes me that highly educated societal leaders born with a silver spoon cannot figure this one out! The clergy knows! This non-religious ex-minister knows! Good religion helps to curb bad behavior. Misguided skeptics and cynics along with an ineffective clergy are working to destroy what should be our friend, religion.
I want to highlight a few excerpts from Will Secularism Destroy Society?
Will Durant saw the decline of a civilization as a culmination of strife between religion and secular intellectualism, thus toppling the precarious institutions of convention and morality:
"Religion begins by offering magical aid to harassed and bewildered men; it culminates by giving to a people that unity of morals and belief which seems so favorable to statesmanship"
"Conduct, deprived of its religious supports, deteriorates into epicurean chaos; and life itself, shorn of consoling faith, becomes a burden alike to conscious poverty and to weary wealth. In the end a society and its religion tend to fall together, like body and soul, in a harmonious death"
Times have changed in England. I look at the UK and their rich history of preachers like: Martyn Lloyd-Jones, John Owen, Joseph Parker, G. Campbell Morgan, Charles Spurgeon and my favorite of the bunch, Alexander Maclaren of Manchester! Religion has been dying off in England for a very long time. The religious landscape in the US is declining as well.
The question of what comes afterwards (dissipation of religion) isn't a question at all! History is history and here we are repeating it! Flash mobs and rioting shouldn't surprise educated people because as Durant states "Conduct, deprived of its religious supports, deteriorates into epicurean chaos".
I cannot begin to tell you how I feel inside after all these years of watching and observing a misguided movement support the destruction of society! All I can do is to write and sound a prophetic voice hoping that someone will care enough about society and help promote the work of Ex-minister.
Worley August 29, 2011 Ex-minister.org
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