Friday, May 31, 2013

America’s Moral Decline

Our nation’s cultural drift has brought us to a crisis serious enough to be called a “culture war.” In 1989 Charles Colson wrote “Against the Night: Living in the New Dark Ages.” He sensed then that a “crisis of immense proportions is upon us.” Francis Schaeffer warned us of the spiritual collapse of the West. “Time” Magazine declares a “moral malaise overhanging American life.”

Colson wrote: “...the crisis that threatens in the character of our culture, where the values that restrain inner vices and develop inner virtues are eroding. Unprincipled men and women, disdainful of their moral heritage and skeptical of truth itself, are destroying our civilization by weakening the very pillars upon which it rests.”

Dr. James Dobson stated at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention that “We are engaged at this time in an enormous civil war of values.” He also stated, “What most people don’t realize is that our children are the prize. Those who control what children see, hear, and are taught control the nation.”

Crisis of Authority! The Holy Bible warns us to “watch for false teachers who will cleverly teach destructive heresies, and deny Christ. Many will follow their civil teaching and shameful immorality.” (2 Peter 2:1, 2)

“The Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while keeping the wicked under punishment until the day of final judgment.” He is especially hard on those who follow their own twisted sexual desire and who despise authority. Those who “despise authority” are aiding and abetting our contemporary crisis of authority—our culture war. They are dead set against the Judeo-Christian consensus that our Founding Fathers determined to make foundational in our kind of society.

We, God’s People. Evangelists must certainly be praying for the United States of America. We do so with a marvelous promise. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)

Turning from our wicked ways requires repentance, a new direction! We cannot remain aloof from politics, uncaring about the culture war, or selfishly attending to our own interests. The time for ignorance and apathy must be over. God will heal our land if we choose to humbly pray, repent, and speak with our voices that we are standing with truth and righteousness and will not relent!

- Pastor Amundson