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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.

Growing Immorality

Morality in America

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?

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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  1. Being born in November 1939 when the Philippines was still a Commonwealth of the United States, I felt not only a Filipino but also an American. I became an American Citizen in 1997 in San Diego, California. The problems America is now having is that we, as Christians, nonchalantly left and allowed the “powers to be” to step on our rights as Christians until our rights were ground into a pulp and gave in to the minority rule because we didn’t want to hurt the minority’s feelings. One lost his/her rights to discipline his/her own children the Christian way–spare the rod and spoil the child. Or to bring and read the Holy Bible and speak of Jesus in public places. We even went to the extreme of translating instructions & manuals to different languages because someone doesn’t read, write and speak English. Well, too bad! If one wants to migrate to America, then one must learn to read, write and speak English fluently first! Worst of all, saying “Merry Christmas” is banned everywhere in public as you might hurt someone’s sensitivity. Well too bad! As far as I am concerned, America is a Christian Country. It one doesn’t like American Christian values, then one can go back where he/she came from and enjoy his/her values over there to his/her heart’s delight! As far as I am concerned, our laws are based on the Bible–especially from the Ten Commandments–freedom to worship and love one true, living God and to love one’s neighbor as oneself! In Christ’s love, always and to God be the glory in His name. Amen and Amen! Blessings to all!

  2. Rhonda says:

    I pray that people would get in God’s word and really study and read his word. His word is sharper than a two edged sword and his Spirit talks to us when we get into His word. I pray that people will be drawn to God’s Holy Word.

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