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Morality in America

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.

Standing Up For Change

Morality in America

Waking up to domestic violence in America 

By Diane Markins

October is replete with “special” days. There is Bridge Day, Feral Cat Day, Count Your Buttons Day and Nut Day. Of much greater significance, October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. With more than 10 million people falling victim each year in the U.S., more awareness is called for. What does that number actually look like? Statistics confirm there are about 20 victims per minute on average. One in three women and one in four men will fall prey during their lifetimes, according to statistics collected by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Pink is everywhere in October because it is also Breast Cancer Awareness month, doubtless a worthy cause. The National Football League (NFL) has adopted pink all over the field, but some people only see red. There is a lot of anger over recent cases of high profile players perpetrating violence and the perceived shrug of management. Whereas much abuse may be done behind closed doors by private citizens, Ray Price, formerly with the Baltimore Ravens, was caught on camera punching his (then) fiancé, Janay, in a casino elevator last September. The viral video elicited horror and outrage…because it was on the world’s stage. There are those who believe that due process should be afforded football players, just like any other citizen; not prematurely costing them their jobs. But is their athletic performance the only thing for which they are receiving sky-high salaries, or is more expected? In 1993, former NBA superstar Charles Barkley said, “I am not a role model.” But when millions of people are watching you, you certainly are a role model, albeit reluctantly. Barkley should have said, “I am not a good role model.” Domestic violence is a pervasive problem. Taking a stand is imperative for Christians who live by Bible teachings like: “Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.” (Colossians 3:19)

Frequently (as with Janay Rice) the victim refuses to cooperate resulting in up to 70 percent of domestic violence cases not being prosecuted. Two people who have taken a public stand recently are talk show host Meredith Vieira and Blush Network founder Autumn Miles. Both are survivors of domestic violence. “When people talk about domestic violence it is really, really a complicated issue,” Vieira told the audience of the Meredith Vieira Show. “It`s not so easy to get away. You think it would be but it is not.” “As a former victim, I understand firsthand how crippling abuse is both physically and emotionally,” said Miles. “It is time for Christians to take a stand against violence and embrace victims with open arms.” Miles’ book Appointed shares a vivid account of her abusive marriage and how God took her through it. “I appreciate the Presidential Prayer Team leading the charge to bring an end to domestic violence everywhere,” she added. Miles offered a wish list of how Christ followers could make a difference:

A scant few ministry leaders have recently been stepping up to face this pressing issue head-on. Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas recently preached on domestic violence to his congregation. His firm stance against abuse and compassion for abusers grabbed national headlines. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, issued an op-ed encouraging churches and the state to work together to bring abusers to justice. Even the NFL appears to be waking up. In addition to plans for league-wide player and staff domestic violence education, “long-term partnerships to provide financial, operational and promotional support” to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline are promised by Commissioner Roger Goodell. Domestic violence is widespread and growing. See where the Lord might have you help. As you pray, ask God to:

Diane Markins hosts a Christian radio show on a  Phoenix radio station, writes a blog, is a conference speaker and is a book author. She lives near her children and grandbabies in the desert with her husband of 35 years.

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