Jeremy Sarber

What does the Bible say about lawlessness?

God reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes and condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is coming to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, distressed by the depraved behavior of the immoral (for as that righteous man lived among them day by day, his righteous soul was tormented by the lawless deeds he saw and heard ) — then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority. (2 Peter 2:6-10)

Many of us can relate to Lot these days. When I see the following images, my soul is no less tormented by the lawless deeds of people today than Job’s so many generations ago (2Pe 2:8).

Despite the injustice that sparked society’s fury, the ensuing destruction and violence are inexcusable. The ungodly men and women who plundered innocent business owners, set fire to the property of others, and physically hurt and even killed fellow image-bearers of God are guilty. The so-called leaders calling for the police department’s disbandment are further proving our nation has descended into lawlessness.

I am distressed by the depraved behavior of the immoral, those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority, yet I trust the wise providence of God (2Pe 2:7, 10). It’s only a matter of time. The Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment (2Pe 2:9).