Has there ever been a time when there were so many civil wars? US military involvement in Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Afghanistan has only increased sectarian violence. And one-time stable (albeit autocratic) governments have destablized into anarchy—and all of this, the backdrop to the devastating conflict in Syria.
While you may think it could never happen here, what do you suppose the spirit of lawlessness can stir up when people are unemployed and can’t find work, and when they are hungry and homeless? Was the “Occupy” movement a prediction of things to come? As you follow the news events, keep in mind Paul’s words: “the secret power of lawlessness is already at work” (2 Thess. 2:7).