Isaiah 3: 5. “And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour; the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.”
When a nation is oppressed from the outside, with many people being taken into exile, the infrastructure of the population that remains often falls apart as well. One of the marks of that decay is that people turn on each other. In their fear, their desperation, they forget God and godliness and attack each other.
Another mark of decay in any civilization is when the very young are angry and proud, resisting any and all authority and often attacking those who would make any effort to restrain their behavior.
The base–the criminal, the evildoers, murderers, slave traffickers, drug traffickers, thieves–will treat the honorable with great disrespect, mocking them and even physically attacking them.
Where God has been ignored, lawlessness quickly follows.
What Isaiah is warning the people about in this passage is not the far future, but the very near future. For their idolatry and continuous disobedience, they will lose their homeland, their children, their leaders, and every avenue of hope and comfort.
Pay attention, America.
I was talking with a young man the other day who told me that in his high school, you don’t talk about Christ or Christianity without risking discipline and the rising anger of the other students. But talking about Islam is perfectly okay. I can only assume that a lot of other topics that were taboo in my day are also just fine today. We should read this passage in Isaiah and learn from it, but I fear that we won’t. And when oppression comes, we won’t understand why.