During a Monday interview on FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sounded off on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) recently calling for protesters to “get more confrontational” amid the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd.
Gingrich ripped Waters for her rhetoric, saying she is “openly encouraging violence.” He called for a “nationwide movement” to help prevent looting and violence in the streets under the guise of protesting.
“[T]he more patient we are, the more radical they are. So, you have over a year of violence in Portland, Oregon. You have an expectation of violence. Why should we expect violence if the criminal justice system works? Why should we tolerate violence? Why should we tolerate National Guardsmen being shot at? I think we have to really rethink our whole approach to making sure we stop people from being violent if necessary by doing the opposite of what Rashida Tlaib wanted and actually increasing the prisons. You cannot have a country which cowers in fear and which has radicals who wander around openly encouraging violence.”
He added, “I think it’s going to require a nationwide movement that says we are going to protect our people. We are going to protect our property. We are not going to tolerate criminals in the street. You know, when somebody is out looting, that’s not a protest, that’s a criminal. And they should be treated as criminals. And the fact that you have a congresswoman who is actively encouraging criminals, and also you have a congresswoman in Rashida Tlaib, who literally wants to abolish the police and close all the prisons … this is madness.”
HD Editor’s Note: Why Is This News Biblically Relevant?
Lawlessness is reining in the land, whether it be rioting in the streets, or blatant corruption by the government, Big Tech, and Corporations. We are told that this hatred of truth would occur in the last days (2 Timothy 3:8-9, 12-13).
However, as bad as it is, what we are currently seeing is only a trickle compared to the hurricane that will come about in the future when the “lawless one,” the antichrist, is in power on the earth (2 Thess. 2:3, Rev. 13:16-19). The moral climate of the earth today is merely altering itself into the image of the false savior they will soon accept.
Hal Lindsey, in his article “Lawlessness Spreading Across the Land,” revealed why the rampant violence and corruption the Bible says would characterize the last days before the return of Christ seems to be describing our day:
The Bible foretold that the time near the return of Christ would be marked by lawlessness. In Luke 17:26-30, Jesus compared those days to the times of Noah and Lot. Genesis 6:11 tells us that in the time of Noah, “The earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.”
That sounds like today-rampant violence and corruption. Lot lived in a time and place of violent mobs. In both stories, we see that people lacked empathy, and thought mostly of themselves and their pleasures. Several places in the Bible warn us that the end times will be times of “lawlessness.” That, along with so many other signs, seems to be describing our day.
We are living in perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1-5) and the Bible speaks of an increase in violence and racial division in these last days (Matthew 24:7,12,37). We as Christians are called to walk as children of the day, especially as the coming of our Lord and savior approaches (Romans 13:11-14).