Business owners on one of the Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma say the government needs to send in the Marines -- literally -- and increase patrols to combat the thieves and looters running rampant at Sint Maarten's shopping destination.
Elsewhere on the island, men armed with guns and machetes are terrorizing residents and tourists alike, while some wait on piers to steal the bounty of boats and ships carrying aid to the devastated community.
... Residents of the small island - divided in the 17th century into the French territory of Saint-Martin and the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten – say they have to hide inside their homes and in makeshift shelters as night falls, fearful of robbers roaming the streets
Reality consistently deals a death blow to the naivety of those who believe in the "innate goodness of man". We live in a fallen world populated by fallen humans and this is an example of how quickly everything can deteriorate - literally overnight. Every person without exception is born into the world morally corrupt and enslaved to sin and is, apart from the grace of God, utterly unable to choose to follow God or choose to turn to Christ in faith for salvation.
Yesterday I heard a radio host ask his national audience whether, regarding the recent hurricanes, price-gouging or looting was worse. I was astonished to hear a caller opine there is nothing wrong with looting because insurance pays for any loss and the looters "need" what they are taking (hoodlums breaking into a sporting goods store and stealing boxes of sneakers "need" the shoes?). Besides a a dismal understanding of basic economics, this caller sees nothing inherently wrong with taking whatever one wants. Adding insult to injury, the radio host did not correct this caller. I suspect there are multitudes of others like this caller that don't have a clue on right versus wrong.
Barring national repentance and widespread spiritual revival, what's happening in the Caribbean is a sobering preview of what is coming on a much wider scale if our culture continues to collapse. And as happened in the Caribbean, it can happen very quickly - literally overnight.
Arm yourself both spiritually ..... and physically.
"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind." (Ephesians 2:1-3, ESV)