Tuesday, November 13, 2012
While I realize that the United States of America is not a theocracy; however, we are most definitely a country that was founded on a natural law. I don't think that there would be too much debate that our country has been drifting steadily toward a deadening moral decay.
The other day I read this report by the CDC: "More than 40 percent of all babies born in the country last year, the report said, were born to unmarried women." http://cnsnews.com/news/article/cdc-us-birth-rate-hits-all-time-low-407-babies-born-unmarried-women
While there are many social and moral harbingers that our country is on a moral downgrade I think that this one statistic stands out. You might be tempted to ask why? out of all the signs of moral decay, why this one?
Personally I've worked with youth and have witnessed first hand the pain and anguish of young boys who grow up without a father in their lives. God's blueprint for the family is found in the first book of the Bible and gives us his plan for the building block of society, and it is the family, one man and one women.
I've always said, "as the family unit goes, so society goes." There is nothing that the government can do through legislation or policy to fix the breakdown of the American family. Think about the moral decay and the debauchery of those in congress; just the other day it came out that CIA Director David Patraeus was caught up in a scandalous adulteress affair that most likely has compromised U.S. security.
The question to be asked is, can congress legislate morality? the short answer is no. We tried that through the moral majority movement in the 1980's and found out that morality goes deeper than a piece of paper signed by members of congress and the executive branch of government.
However, I do believe that the government has a role to play in passing laws and upholding justice, but the revolution of society will always and only start with the family unit. The role of the government will be for another post.
So what is the hope for a country that is on the path of falling off the moral cliff? what is the answer for our moral decay? I believe that the answer is spiritual. I believe that only the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob has the answers to our countries continued moral decay.
The great Apostle Paul gives us the answer in 2 Corinthians 5:17 where he writes, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature....We need new creations, we need the power of the gospel to transform and bring radical change to the heart of man. No government proclamation can change the heart of a man, no human institution can make a man a new creature, but the Gospel is the power of God that leads to salvation Romans 1:16.
There is a spiritual deadness in our land! wake up America, and look to the God of all creation, His hand is not shortened that it can't save nor his ear dull that he will not hear cf. Isaiah 59:1.
Christian's we need to humble our hearts before God and realize that only he can set man free from spiritual bondage. We as the body of Christ must see the real problem as the fall---which is disobedience to God. We must remain the sign posts that point society to the cross, we must point others to the Lamb of God who died to take away the sins of the world.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Thoughts on today's election results:
We are truly a divided country, and we are divided over political ideology and worldview. There is no government that can be all things to all people; the United States is the most eclectic country in the world.
We as a country are doomed to failure when the government tries to sell itself by offering promises to the people. When a government becomes the genie who hands out treats and goodies to the masses, the masses become then a perpetual voting group for the party who can dole out the most freebies.
The farther down this slippery slope we travel the closer we get to accepting a government that will rule, not according to constitutional law, but by tyranny. The voice was loud and clear when our Founding Fathers warned that there is a price to liberty. The price of liberty is that we as a people hold our elected representatives’ to govern by the rule of law (our constitution).
We are heading very fast toward the fiscal cliff, where the burden of supporting our spending will sink the whole ship. In the wisdom of Ludwig Von Mises, The idea that political freedom can be preserved in the absence of economic freedom, and vice versa, is an illusion. Political freedom is the corollary of economic freedom." We must right, the ship and get our fiscal house in order.
The moral issues facing our nation will be for another post.