God hates riots

Riots are not protest, if you are rioting you are out of control as a group with some individuals not making decisions for themselves.  To go with the flow, however, is in itself a moral decision.  To resist going with the flow requires character.  It has been stated that many people arrested for criminal activity associated with the riots were "previously of good character".  This cannot be true.  The reality is that these people were previously of good behaviour, but their character wasn't up to much if they just joined with looting because everyone was doing it.  We all need training to build up character, we need to practice being good.  The Bible contains the book of Proverbs contains lots of advice on how to do this, advice that works and has stood the test of time.  In chapter 6 of the book of Proverbs, there is a list of what God hates.  In the latest episode the podcast there is an edited down version of my sermon on this passage and a brief response to the riots.  God hates, it seems, pride, deception and killing.  I really think that God hates riots.

The God Direction

The London riots have indicated that society here in the capital of what was once known as a Christian nation is going in the wrong direction.  Groups of people mainly young and including children have been gathering in the streets this week.  They have smashed windows, looted shops, set fire to property and caused distress by their intimidating behaviour.  One observer of the Tottenham (in North London) riot commented, "what a waste of a generation we have brought up."  In a recent article published on the BBC website, 10 different reasons were offered to explain the riots.   Not one of them mentions moving away from Biblical values - the true cause behind all this.   The rejection of the Bible and the spiritual resources available to Christians has resulted in a godless and selfish generation bringing up a yet more godless and selfish generation.  In my podcast, based on the sermons I deliver weekly as the leader of  Mill Hill East Church, I offer the way forward.  A return to the ancient wisdom that historically sustained Britain and trained people in integrity and morality.  In the latest episode, based on the book of proverbs, we look for answers to society's ills in "the God Direction".