Lawlessness is contrasted with righteousness in verses such as Romans 6:19, 2 Corinthians 6:14, and Hebrews 1:9. The righteous, who have the nature of Jesus Christ, hate the deeds of lawlessness. Lot, a godly man living in Sodom, “was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard” (2 Peter 2:8). The psalmist said, “I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked” (Psalm 26:5). Christians are to be law-abiding (1 Peter 4:15).
When a society ignores the law, lawlessness is the result, and chaos ensues. The time of the judges after Joshua’s death was marked by upheaval, oppression, and general disorder. The biblical historian puts his finger on the reason for the tumult: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25).
America is a nation of thousands if not millions of laws, yet it is a lawless nation.
A lawless nation is no nation at all. It is merely a Third-world backwater where those in power who lord over the people and abuse them for their own gain, for the gain of the bureaucrat class, and for the benefit of the banksters and the crony corporations who fund the charade elections every two or four years.
So those thousands or millions of laws written “for our benefit” – at least that’s what we’re told each time another edict from the District of Criminals becomes “law” – are employed against us while those in power are given a pass on them. Beyond that, those in power make the laws arbitrary by enforcing them or not enforcing them on a whim.
Totalitarianism evolves from the breakdown of law and order through a synthetic and secretly directed make-believe democratic process. The breakdown of law and order is a political cancer that must be concealed in order to extend the system until the rape is over. Concealing the breakdown of law and order in the United States is of the very highest priority. It is the hidden national agenda.
Without laws to create civil societies, no city, no state, no nation, no people and no civilization can long endure the vagaries of lawlessness.In the early hours of 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown defied Federal Laws by making our most populated and most overrun state a “Sanctuary State” for all illegal aliens to live, work, and utilize all welfare services paid for by American taxpayers. California’s 2.5 to 3.5 million illegal aliens enjoy immunity from laws that prohibit illegal migration, murder, rape and non-payment income taxes. Brown invited them to hide from the law in California. Last year, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, by mayoral decree, created a “Sanctuary City” for all illegal aliens to work, play, live and operate with immunity from deportation.
Chicago’s 511,000 illegal aliens enjoy immunity from state and federal laws. Additionally, Chicago tops the list as the deadliest city in America for annual murder rates. Of great consequence, its social services, schools, food stamps, housing, hospitals and police forces suffer from rampant criminal activities ranging from drug running and shoplifting—to murders, burglaries and rapes. In Chicago, domestic abuse and brutality run #1 for police officer calls. Nearly 800 gun deaths in 2017. Over 3,000 shootouts within Chicago in 2016. So much crime, police cannot begin to stop it. Quick note: merchants across America lose $136 million daily – $50 billion annually – in shoplifting from legal and illegal immigrants and the growing class of poor people and gang members in the United States.
New York Mayor DE Blasio invites illegal aliens into his self-proclaimed “Sanctuary City.” Nearly 1 million illegals utilize New York’s schools, hospitals for their babies, food stamps and housing while being paid minimum wages in cash to create a totally rampant underground economy. American taxpayers shell out in excess of $296 billion annually across 15 federal agencies to pay for 15 to 20 million illegal aliens residing in America. (Source: www.NumbersUSA.org) In Los Angeles, California, illegal aliens overwhelm city services, so much so, Americans flee by the tens of thousands away from a quickly developing ‘third world’ scenario. You may see the same ‘crime morphing’ of America’s once thriving cities in Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati and dozens more. At the same time, an illegal alien Mexican, deported five times, a man named Zarate, killed Kate Steinle with a handgun, admitted it, and then the jury found him not guilty.
Four African-Americans in Chicago tortured a disabled white boy for five hours, shot video of their treachery, showed it on Facebook but all of them got off Scott free. One faced community service, but laughed on the way out of court. Across America, illegal aliens drive with no driver’s licenses, no insurance, run from accidents, never pay fines, rape American citizens, drive drunk, shoplift and steal cars. They form MS 13 drug gang networks that addict our kids. During his term in office, Barack Hussein Obama broke federal laws* by issuing an illegal executive order allowing 800,000 illegal alien children a free pass to remain in our country without deportations.
The cost of his lawlessness: $26 billion dollars to you the American taxpayer, and the strong possibility that those kids will import as many as 10 million of their relatives via chain migration. During his term in office, Obama issued catch and release of illegal aliens to U.S. Border Patrol agents. That created an opportunity for Mexico to export 65,000 of their unwanted children over our borders illegally and you pay for it as they take up housing, food stamps and schooling in America. Today, over 240 “Sanctuary Cities” invite and support lawlessness within America. Mayors and city councils commit felonies without prosecution.
Every person and company that employs illegal aliens represents anarchy within America. That means large corporations lie, cheat and steal from Americans. McDonald’s, Hormel Foods, Tyson Chicken, Marriott Hotels, Holiday Inns, Chipotle, construction firms – and the list grows. Why do they get away with such lawlessness? Because American citizens fail to take time to participate in their own Constitutional Republic. U.S. citizens sit back, watch TV, and do absolutely nothing to vote for responsible senators, congressmen/women, mayors, city council members and governors.
Instead, they vote via their non-participation for a lawless society that will not survive accelerating lawlessness. What you can expect for your children as a result of America morphing into a lawless society: in excess of 100,000,000 more legal immigrants within the next 32 years. They arrive from 196 different countries with few skills and little ability to contribute to America. They arrive with 196 different world views, religions (which are not so compatible), cultures and languages. Do you think we will survive that level of multiculturalism, linguistic chaos and religious diversity? Source
The object of the law is to maintain peace and guarantee the safety of innocent citizens, while also ensuring justice. The places we are going to talk about are not literally without law since there are Police precincts and law enforcement agencies operating in these places, but rather their high rate of violent crimes and general lack of fear of the law in the perpetrators makes these places seem lawless at times. However, if you were to look up the most lawless places in the world, you would definitely find much worse places like Venezuela for example. Venezuelan lawlessness is well known around the world.
On the other side of the spectrum, there are the most lawful countries in the world, and if we were to make a list of those countries, it would be filled with mostly European countries like Iceland, Denmark, and Austria. While we are on the subject, let’s talk about Antarctica since a very common question that is asked about Antarctica is, “is Antarctica lawless?” Since Antarctica is not owned by any particular country, the question is valid, but thankfully there is no such place on Earth which is by definition lawless or a country with no law, there might be lack of the rule of law, but there are no such countries nonetheless. In the case of Antarctica, the Antarctic Treaty is the law there, which is a unique agreement between nations.
If you want to learn about the most dangerous places in America, we highly recommend that you take a look at the 35 Worst, Most Dangerous, Ghettoest Cities In America in 2017 Ranked By FBI, which is definitely not something you could be proud of but, it is better to be safe than sorry. Moving on now, for our purpose of finding out the most lawless cities in the U.S., we sought help from the FBI, MSN and US News. We also put Google’s search engine through its paces for additional information; then we based our research on the reported rate of violent crimes in those cities.
The data we had available was from 2016, and it highlighted the rate of violent crimes reported to city authorities per 100,000 people. Going by this parameter, we managed to first find the most lawless places in the US, then ranked them accordingly. Basically, the higher the violent crime rate per 100,000 people, the higher we have placed the city on the list. As mentioned before, these cities are far from being entirely lawless, but in a first world country, this is the closest a city can get to being lawless, to say the least.
If you are ready, start going through the list of the most lawless places in the US.
Violent crime rate: 1,631 per 100,000 residents
There is a very high correlation between poverty and crime. It has been observed in almost every place in the world, that when poverty takes hold, morality gives way. Cleveland is one of the most poverty-stricken cities in Ohio. An estimated 36.2% Cleveland residents live in poverty, and another estimate suggests that less than around 20% of Cleveland households have an earning of less than $10,000 a year, which is very alarming. And as you can see, the crime rate in Cleveland is quite high. This is the first entry in our list, and unfortunately, things will only get worse from here.
Kansas City, Missouri
Violent crime rate: 1,655 per 100,000 residents
At number 6, we have Kansas City, which is an otherwise beautiful city full of life and pleasantry. However, this huge metro area has a dark side to it. Kansas City is responsible for driving the national crime rate higher. The reported violent crimes which are about 1,655 per 100,000 is four times higher than the national average, and we are hardly beginning our list. Although the rate of poverty is definitely not the reason behind such high violent crime rates in Kansas City, it is definitely a major contributor. In Kansas City, the Poverty rate is around 19%, and the unemployment rate is 4.9%.
Violent crime rate: 1,659 per 100,000 residents
If you are surprised to see Rockford in the list of most lawless places in the US, then it is only natural. After all, Rockford may be the third largest city in the state of Illinois, but the population of Rockford is hardly over 150,000. Even in a city with such a small population, the rate of crime is staggering. It is the most crime-prone city in all of the United States, where the population is between 100,000 and 200,000. Thankfully, the law enforcement agencies are employing new operatives and new technologies to subdue the alarming crime rate in the city, and hopefully, when we get data for 2017, things will look much better for Rockford.
Violent crime rate: 1,780 per 100,000 residents
Did you know that the rate of crime rose about 4.1% nationwide from 2015 to 2016? The alarming thing about Baltimore is that the increase in the crime rate for Baltimore was about 15.4% which is almost the highest compared to other U.S. cities. There were about 1,780 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Baltimore, where the national average for 2016 for the U.S. was a mere 386. As expected, most of the crimes committed in Baltimore last year were in the poverty-stricken areas of the city.
Violent crime rate: 1,820 per 100,000 residents
Next on our list of most lawless places in the US, is Memphis. Like Cleveland and many other major U.S. cities, Memphis has a pretty large poor population. An estimate puts the poverty rate in Memphis about 27.6% and an unemployment rate at 6%. From what we have learned going through these statistics, Memphis has all the elements of being a crime-prone city which it is today. The police depart in Memphis is optimistic that with a larger police force, it will be able to control the soaring crime rate in the city.
St. Louis, Missouri
Violent crime rate: 1,913 per 100,000 residents
The most striking factor about St. Louis that ranks 2nd in our list of most lawless places in the US is that it has the highest murder rate nationwide. Although it has been placed second for having a marginally less violent crime rate, if this list was about murder rates in America, St. Louis would have easily topped it. Gun-related violence in St. Louis is also very high in comparison. If you are wondering, the murder rate of St. Louis is about 60 per 100,000 residents, which is at least ten times more than the national average. If things do not change there, the situation will only get worse.
Violent crime rate: 2,047 per 100,000 residents
In our research we found Detroit to be the most crime-prone city right now in the United States. Well, to be honest, Detroit has been this way for a very long time. If you were to look up such lists from years back, you would still see pretty much these cities mentioned there as well, only in a slightly different order. When you take a look at statistics like the rate of poverty and unemployment, you can easily see why this city is struggling so much. Over 40% of Detroit residents live in poverty, and the rate of unemployment in the city is over 10%. Considering these things, no wonder Detroit topped our list.
list of 7 most lawless places in the US.
There’s a marvelous passage of Scripture that reveals how far we’ve drifted from the true understanding of law.
The context is this: Once again false teachers were preaching legalism in order to kill grace in the lives of believers (see verses 3-7 of this chapter). Paul writes, as he writes in so many of his letters, that if Christians try to incorporate the ceremonial Jewish laws – circumcision, feast days, kosher diets and all that – then we’ve stepped out of the New Covenant of grace. In order to make this argument he goes back to the most basic facts about law – all law.
But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully…
Not only can we humans write unjust laws, we can enforce good laws in such a way that they work evil.
We’re about to read the premise of Paul’s argument, not the argument itself. He assumes that all Christians, all Jews, all pagans – all civilized adults – agree on the following:
…the law is not made for a righteous person…
It is patently absurd, Paul says, to authorize force against a moral person. And yet this insane type of wickedness is the operating principle of many leftist programs, from Social Security to Obamacare mandates.
…but for the lawless…
Please ponder that. Law is made for (or set against) the lawless. The remedy for a lawless person is to feel the full weight of just laws. Many conservatives make a self-refuting argument against gun control laws: Criminals don’t obey laws, therefore [gun control] laws are useless. I complained about this in an article called Conservatives arguing badly. No, God says, law is for the lawless. If there’s anything an evil person needs, it’s the law, and if there’s any justification for law it’s that lawbreakers exist.
Other translations render this unruly, or rebellious. Authority is a big thing with the Almighty. If you just can’t seem to submit to the people God has placed over you, you’re one of the people on whom the hammer of the law must fall.
…for the ungodly and for sinners…
“The word used here is the common word to denote sinners. It is general, and includes sins of all kinds,” wrote commentator Albert Barnes.
…for the unholy and profane…
William F. Beck translates this poetically, those who live unholy lives and insult holy things. In this list we can see a vague outline of the Ten Commandments. The preceding types of criminals are violators of the first tablet of the Law, Commandments 1 through 4 – the statutes pertaining to God. From here on out, we’ll read about offenders against man, violators of the second tablet.
…for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers…
This is where some people would begin the list. Here we finally read of a crime involving physical force against another human being. To these uncivilized folks, God doesn’t count, you see? When you feel that all the offenses on this list are as easy a case for the application of law as murder, you’ll be receiving the impression that the writer intended.
…for fornicators, for sodomites…
Oh, my. “Consenting adults” can be the proper objects of the force of law. Says God. Says civilized people.
Some translations read enslavers or slave traders.
…for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.
Now, someone will say that I’m advocating a theocracy (ignoring the fact that we’re living under an anti-Christian theocracy at the moment); that I want to have people stoned for making a sandwich on Sunday and so forth. No, of course there can be ecclesiastical laws enforced by the church and civil laws enforced by the state. But if we leave to the church the first six types of transgressors – the lawless, the insubordinate, the ungodly, sinners, the unholy and the profane – that leaves the state to afflict murderers, fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers, liars and perjurers, as well as thieves, coveters and more.
When the United States was a Christian nation we had laws against fornication and sodomy. Adultery, too. Why? Because those are rightful occasions for the imposition of law. Americans once believed that, if the threat of the wrath of the state could spare a person some measure of the wrath of God, that was a good and legitimate use of government power.
If we want to renew America, we can only do it by renewing our minds to the revelation of God, and restoring the ancient moral markers. We can’t renew something that has never been, and can never be.
Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16) Source
The Founders believed it permissible for the national and state governments to encourage Christianity, but this may no longer be prudential in our increasingly pluralistic country. Yet the Constitution does not mandate a secular polity, and we should be wary of jurists, politicians, and academics who would strip religion from the public square. We should certainly reject arguments that America’s Founders intended the First Amendment to prohibit neutral programs that support faith-based social service agencies, religious schools, and the like.
Finally, we ignore at our peril the Founders’ insight that democracy requires a moral people and that faith is an important, if not indispensable, support for morality. Such faith may well flourish best without government support, but it should not have to flourish in the face of government hostility.
The Bible connects man’s lawlessness and rebellion against God with his need for God’s forgiveness. In Romans 4:7, Paul (quoting Psalm 32:1) says, “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” (ESV). God’s righteousness is imputed to us at salvation, and God forgives us of our lawlessness: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17, quoting Jeremiah 31:34). Christ died on the cross “to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14, ESV). Our lawless deeds resulted in Christ’s death, but God’s grace overcomes our lawless hearts.
In the judgment many will stand before Christ claiming a connection with Him that exists only in their own minds. They will rehearse their good deeds done in His name, only to hear Jesus declare them to be “workers of lawlessness” whom Christ never knew (Matthew 7:23, ESV). At that time, those who practice lawlessness will be cast “into the blazing furnace,” while those who are covered by the righteousness of Christ “will shine like the sun” (Matthew 13:41–43). Christ will have the ultimate victory and will eliminate lawlessness forever.
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