Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Our Changing Moral Climate

If you’re not alarmed by the current state of immorality in this country, you have reason to be alarmed about your own spiritual state.  In many larger cities there is a murder almost every day.  Some parents are using their own children to film pornography.  There are couples living together and having children without being married.  What on earth is going on?  A Denver-area teacher was recently arrested for having sexual contact with a student.  A Fox News anchor said, “When will these teachers ever learn their own lesson?”

Fact is, we’ve always had sexual sin, corruption in government, child abuse and out-of-wedlock births.  The difference seems to be that no one is embarrassed by it anymore.  Is there no shame?  Very little, it seems.  We’ve been desensitized.  It is much like the experience of Samson in Judges 16:20 where the Bible says, “…but he did not know the Lord had left him.”  It is sad when the Lord can no longer keep company with a person, sadder still when we aren’t even aware that he left!  Like Samson, there was a time when the United States was incredibly strong – militarily, morally, and in most every way.  The entire world respected our strength.  Today, however, we find that our moral fiber has weakened significantly and the respect that other countries have of us has deteriorated.  How long will it be before our military and economic strength will likewise weaken?  It would be tragic to wake up one of these days and say as did Samson, “I will go out as before and shake myself free…” only to find that we have no strength left.

You see, we have created a moral climate where nothing is wrong any more.  And anyone who has the nerve to say that something is morally wrong is dubbed a “bigoted, narrow-minded, red-neck,wild-eyed Christian fundamentalist.”  Call it what you will, there is no denying that when this nation shoved God and the Bible into the background – when we decided that everyone could do that which is right in his own eyes – we got way more than we bargained for.  We lit a virtual firestorm that is now being driven by the winds of evil across these amber waves of grain. The fire is raging completely out of control.  And if somebody, somewhere, sometime, somehow doesn’t do something to save us from ourselves, our children and grandchildren will see this country fall completely apart at the seams.  I can hear some threads already beginning to rip.

Do you recall the story in the first chapter of Exodus that details the hardships of God’s people in Egypt?  At first, the God-fearing Joseph had been so trusted and respected that Pharaoh appointed him to the position of Prime Minister.  Several generations passed and Exodus 1:6 says, “Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt…”  From that point on, the people of God suffered mercilessly.

In a similar fashion, unless there is a change in direction, future historians may likely record American history something like this: “Then a new President, Congress, and Supreme Court justices, who did not know God, came to power in America…”  We have just now raised the first generation of Americans who no longer hold the Bible to be God’s Sacred Word.  Young corporate leaders, politicians, congressmen and even some presidents thumb their nose at anyone who dares call anything a sin.  These words of concern do not come from one who is disloyal to his country, but from a patriot who dearly loves his country.  May God bless America and may America never forget God!