Anchor On … Opposing mob rule, Part 1
Saturday, February 25, 2017 5:57 AM
The old hymn “How Firm A Foundation” speaks of the stability “that is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!” We are so prone to wander from truth, and so quick to want it our way, that we all must have one solid starting point to build upon. It is then that life takes on purpose and leads us toward successful achievements for God.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the fickle Galatians to warn them of believing new doctrines that did not match up with God’s Word. He told them, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the race of Christ unto another gospel” (Galatians 1:6). He asks in Galatians 3:3, “Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
Our nature is to want approval and acceptance from those around us. Peers, crowds, gangs and even mobs can sway us to do things we know are not right. When we do not have roots down into the Bible, we will be unsure about what we believe. Our opinions will easily shift when our goal is only “to get along with everybody.” Society pressures us to be as we perceive others to be. Advertisers, dictators and political tyrants make much capital out of this natural human weakness to become part of a “mainstream” multitude of those who “belong.”
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary describes a “mob” as: “a crowd or promiscuous multitude of people … rude, tumultuous and disorderly.” The root word for “mob” is “mobile,” meaning movable, easily persuaded and easily swayed. The word “mobbish” carries the stench of being mean, uncivil and even vulgar.
Mobs are not considerate of others or their property. They are centered on issues exclusive to themselves. Often they are loud, blatant, destructive and certainly not fearful of God. Their causes are all about their particular rights that seemingly have been violated. They promote their discontent through open animosity for others and often by outright maliciousness.
That which cannot be done in a decent, patient and orderly way might well be accomplished by “mob rule.” Gangs of youth, terrorist thugs and political revolutionists have all gained a grip on others’ throats by use of the mob. Frenzied followers in the mobs do not move by soundness of mind as much as by inner hurt and outward emotion.
Communist revolutionaries make good use of mob rule. So have other political orators with great speaking ability and a persuasive personality. They usually make some “adjustments” to the truth in order to influence the masses. Their well-known ploy is to cause confusion and stimulate chaos in a society. Using methods that divide one segment of citizens from another, they fracture and polarize a nation until it is ripe for drastic change and a downward plunge.
We have seen examples of these influences in America in recent years. Activists have pounced on opportunities to magnify our differences by proclaiming that some people’s lives are more important than others. Not to God – they are not! Neither is a “born” life more significant than one pre-born. Life of every shape, color, gender and condition is equally precious in God’s economy, and it must be likewise for the child of God.
“Let all things be done decently and in order” is the admonition of 1 Corinthians 14:40. Godly wisdom puts each one in their proper place in life. Believing God’s Word and receiving Jesus Christ as personal Savior makes it so much easier to sort out the issues of life without all the confusion and resultant chaos. The follower of Jesus Christ is to be moved by the truth of God’s Word and not by the social engineers of the day. The Christian should be advanced well beyond the facts of life that are determined at conception, such as gender and genetics.
We must now deal with the consequences of a popular belief system that devoids a wise and sovereign Creator from His obvious hand in creation. This wishful thought from man’s heart handily “removes” accountability for sin, but it also voids human life of value, purpose and fulfillment.
Are we of such low degree in worth that we must now focus in the hourly news upon such concerns as locker room license? Should we now be distraught by the bathroom bewilderment craze? When God is removed from His place as loving Creator, life is demeaned and mankind finds itself an embarrassment to the animals from which we supposedly evolved.
Belief in the Bible will correct our errant thoughts. It will draw our hearts away from a need for clamor and confusion. God’s microscope of truth will reveal our awful sin and restore a thankfulness for the blessing of life. We become less grumbly hateful and a lot more humbly grateful. The clamor of mob rule is quieted as we begin to realize our need of a personal Savior Who can restore us to a right relationship with God.
Pride and arrogance in our lives are better recognized as we read and study the Bible. We realize that we are completely at the mercy of God to save us from sin and forgive our haughty hearts.
Mob rule is not civil or decent, and it is anything but orderly (1 Corinthians 14:40). It does not line up with Godliness, but rather is authored by the devil and carried out in the flesh.
The mobbish movements of recent days are well-funded efforts of benefactors whose intent is to remove the Constitutional girdings that hold our nation together. In a day when we desperately need to build “One Nation Under God,” these tyrants are attempting to deviously distort the truth and spin the daily news into a cotton candy froth of discontent.
George Washington was born Feb. 22, 1732, 285 years ago. His volume of writings included these lines from general orders written on Nov. 27, 1779: “that he (God) would in mercy look down upon us, pardon our sins and receive us into his favor, and finally, that he would establish the independence of these United States upon the basis of religion and virtue, and support and protect them in the enjoyment of peace, liberty and safety.”
That was part of a daily instruction written to soldiers in the American army. Rather than having our nation polarized by mob rule, might we again humble ourselves, confess our sin and bow before the Mighty Ruler?
The leadership that Washington gave to our nation was infinitely greater than the base clamorings of mobs and their silver-spooned sponsors. I would much rather enjoy the “peace, liberty and safety” that he instructed to his weary, underfunded troops.
R.D. “Bob” Hottle is a retired schoolteacher, farmer and pastor of the Anchor Baptist Church.