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Saturday, February 11, 2012

America's Moral Crisis.

    With all the things going on in the media and the country it is becoming clear there is a moral crisis in America.  It is not something that just happened.  I quit driving my truck and retired in 2004 and a couple years before that I heard one of the Liberal West Coast Congressional Witches during a debate over partial birth abortions say, "Passing this legislation will create a moral crisis in America."  I was dumbfounded that a leader in Congress could be so dumb.  Did she really not know the definition of the word "moral."  I am sure she chose the narrow definition of the difference between right and wrong.  However the broader definition is, "good in conduct or character; specifically sexually virtuous."   Going further virtuous means chaste, and chaste means not indulging in unlawful sexual activity.  It used to be that a woman who had sex outside of the bonds of marriage was looked down on.  On the other hand women who didn't were held in high regard.  However America has come so far down the slippery moral slope that the attitude is "if it feels good, do it."
    That debate was ten to twelve years ago and now in the 2012 election cycle the question of birth control has come to the surface.  The sad part is that the debate does not center on if birth control is right or wrong.  The debate is over who is going to pay for it. That would seem to be a simple answer, but not in this day and age.  The government says the insurance companies must provide and pay for birth control.  In other words the government is endorsing promiscuity.  At the same time, same sex marriages are on the rise and fighting for recognition in many states.  America is walking off of a moral cliff.  This nation has fallen so far that it is no longer a battle between what is right and wrong.  It is now a battle of " The Rights of the Wrong."  What was unacceptable behavior has now become the norm.  In fact standing up for what used to be considered the right way is a good way to become persecuted.
    That is totally against what the Bible says. In the Bible Leviticus 20:1-5 says a man who sacrifices or kills children should be killed.  It goes even farther to say that anyone who sees it happen and does nothing should also be killed.  Finally if mankind will not take care of the problem God said he will wipe them out.  So it is easy to see why America is falling into the state it is falling into.  The problem is that America wants to be a Christian nation, but does not want to act in a Christian manner.
    The sexual perversion in America is not the only problem.  To me the greater problem is America's attitude toward the poor and the needy.  Being poor is almost looked upon as being a curse.  If you are living it, I am sure it feels that way.  Especially when you see all the prosperity around you and the unwillingness to help.  Many people feel God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their immorality.  While that might be part of it the Bible says in Ezekiel 16: 46-50 that he destroyed them because of their treatment of the poor and needy.  The Bible says their acts were worse than Sodom and the judgement will be greater.  James 1:27 makes it clear as to what our Christian duty is.  "Pure religion before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep yourself unspotted from the world." James 2:15-16 makes it even clearer. "If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, And one of you say onto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding  ye give them not those things which are needful of the body; what doth it profit?  You are bringing judgment on yourself.
     This past holiday season made me think maybe the Christian spirit is alive and well.  It is just trying to find a place.  A way to be seen in this day and age.  All across the country people went in and paid off lay aways for people.  It was an act of kindness to help.  If Americans all across the country would just reach out to their neighbors and friends the hardship could be minimized that America is feeling in these hard times.  If you hired someone to rake your leaves or clean up your yard instead of doing it yourself it could help someone. Little things like that could help lots of people all across the country.  It just takes opening your eyes, heart and wallet and sharing with those who need it. You will find you are blessed in blessing others.  Most people do not want a hand out.  They want a hand up.  They want to rise up out of the problems they are facing.  They need someone to show them the way.  Instead of giving the usual presents.  Give a ticket to a local car wash, or for a meal in a locally owned restaurant.  Your helping two people that way.  The one you directly help and the business owner.   Support some locally owned business in some way by sharing with others.  That is the hope America needs.  That is the Christian spirit that needs to be reawakened in America, not the moral judgmental  attitudes that help no one.  Share your faith by actions and maybe you can help someone to find a better way to live their life.  While living a better one yourself.

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