Morality in America
When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.
Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage. After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.
Where do you stand?
By Linda Gilden
Most people are familiar with the story of the frog and boiling water. If you try to drop a frog into boiling water, he will instinctively jump right back out. But if you put the frog into a pot of cold water that is gradually heated to the boiling stage, the frog will be cooked to death.
Some question whether or not this works. The heating of the water would have to be so gradual that the frog would not notice.
Whether or not the story is true, it is a fitting anecdote for what has happened in this country concerning morality and acceptance of immoral lifestyles.
Newt Gingrich once said, “A country that has been now since 1963 relentlessly in the courts driving God out of public life shouldn't be surprised at all the problems we have.”
A recent Gallup report indicated that Americans’ acceptance of sexual immorality is growing. When asked about the moral acceptability of various issues, five out of the top six were sexual. This should not be a surprise to Christians who are familiar with the Bible. Second Timothy 3:1-4 clearly states that godlessness will increase as the time for Jesus’ return gets closer:
“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
Through the years, issues of a sexual nature have crept into a stronger and stronger place in society. They have become not only personal issues but political ones. They have ceased to be viewed as “right and wrong” and have become “what feels good.”
The Supreme Court is deciding what America’s view of God should be and where He should be included. In their June sessions, High Court decisions could affect faith-based schools and universities. There is a possibility they could lose their tax-exempt status if they do not comply with new laws that are mandated.
The decline of morality affects each U.S. citizen in some way. Many mothers, fathers, educators, friends, church people, businessmen and women, and – most of all – Christians hurt to see their country push the foundational principles of Christianity to the side. To Christians, there is an obvious answer – return to the roots of this country and the principles upon which it was established – such as religious freedom and brotherly love.
The answer to the problems of morality, according to the Bible, lies not with the government or even within the church but in the hearts of individuals in this country. How can you pray for America?
- Pray that there will be a return to the faith of America’s forefathers who followed the wisdom of Saul. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1-2).
- Pray that Americans who are involved in sexual immorality will have others cross their paths who can share the Truth. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10)
- Pray that Americans will individually come to faith in God. While “In God We Trust” is the motto of this country, so many people are doing their best to shut God out of the American way. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5,6)
- Pray for those who have become so tolerant of sexual immorality that they feel it is just part of life and must be accepted. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God” (I Thessalonians 4:3-5)
Linda Gilden is director of writing programs for a popular Christian communication organization. She not only writes full time but also directs two writers conferences, speaks, edits, and enjoys encouraging writers to fulfill their writing dreams.
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