The London Riots 2011
August 09, 2011


The London Riots –Reaping What We Have Sown?

 

For a few days last week parts of England got a taste of what it is like to live where anarchy reigns. What began as a peaceful protest outside a police station in Tottenham over the death of a local man very quickly spiralled out of control into a riot.  Cars were hijacked and set alight, shops broken into, looted and destroyed by fire and people made homeless by the wicked, thoughtless, unconcerned attitude and actions of self-determined, self-centred individuals.

 

Had the rioting, looting and wanton destruction been confined to the Totenham area it might be argued that the cause could be linked in some ways to the earlier protest.  However when copy cat destruction and looting broke out in other parts of London, far removed from the original centre of protest, and also in some of the other major cities in England it became clear that something much more sinister was going on.

 

Some sociologists tried to identify the causes as being social deprivation. The rioters and looters were, so it was argued, venting their frustration at being poor, not having a job and being the underprivileged in society.  When it was discovered that many of those engaged in the criminal activities of arson, theft, inflicting grievous bodily harm and destruction of property were in fact people who had jobs, were not from a socially deprived background and in one case came from a millionaire family the explanations  of the modern day humanistic sociologist began to sound somewhat hollow.  This was especially so when it was pointed out that whilst many rioters did come from difficult and in many ways deprived and poor backgrounds nevertheless there were countless other people in society who came from identical backgrounds who were not on the streets rioting and stealing.

 

In many of the national and local papers editors and columnists have been linking the riots in England to a breakdown in moral values.  They have even been so daring as to suggest that the breakdown of the family unit where fathers are often absent and not taking a leading role in the lives of their children has also been a major factor!  This writer would agree wholeheartedly with such sentiments and indeed would go even further and suggest that the fundamental reason for such behaviour is to be found in the mass movement away from Biblical standards of moral conduct which we have witnessed in our society in the past couple of generations.

 

A similar thing happened in Biblical times during the reign of the Judges when it is recorded that “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”  What was the result?  Anarchy.  The Bible says “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6v7.  What is true of an individual is also true of a society.  The words of the writer of the book of Proverbs are worthy of reflection “righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14v34

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