Worship Notes

Thoughts From A Christian Patriot:
Part 5- The Degradation of
American Morality

In my other two articles on the degradation of American morality, I asked the question "Where does this all stop?" Where will society finally draw the line between what is decent and what is not, and what can we do about all of this? I'll answer that in a minute, but first I want to address one other thing - the consequence of inaction.

The Bible says in Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." A nation that serves the Lord will be a blessed nation because of God's covenant with those people. But it will also be a blessed nation because people who serve the Lord obey His Word and His statutes. And of course, people who follow God's statutes will be blessed because God's principles are always for our benefit and for the furthering of His Kingdom and the people in it.

Proverbs 13:15 says that the way of a transgressor is hard. And of course that is correct, because trangressors don't have the benefit of reaping the rewards of good living. Every act of obedience to God has a reward attached to it. 1 Timothy 4:8 tells us that Godliness has value for all things and holds promises, both in the present life and the life to come. Mark 10:29-30 tells us that no one who has left anything for the Gospel will fail to receive a 100-fold return on that investment in his lifetime (this present age). Hebrews 6:10 tells us that God is not unjust, and He won't forget what people have done for Him and His Kingdom. And most of us will recognize the popular Hebrews 11:6, which tells us that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.

So, what conclusions can we draw? Simply, when you follow the Lord, you're going to enjoy the rewards. We you follow the ways of the transgressor, you'll have a hard way to go.

Our nation is currently in one of the biggest financial crises in its history. But why are we in our current dilemma? Is it not because we have followed ungodly financial practices? This nation THRIVES on debt. Almost everyone is in debt, and our own government has more debt than all of us! Yet, debt is not scriptural. We have followed an ungodly way and we are now reaping the results of it. I fear that if America does not change its ways, her power and her voice in the world scene will continue to decrease. And make no mistake about it, America's power and influence ARE decreasing in the world scene.

The nation of Haiti is a perfect example of what happens when a nation does not follow God. Around the time of the American revolution, Haiti was the most economically prosperous colony in the Western Hemisphere. In the 1750s, Haiti's economy accounted for about 50% of France's gross national product. Haiti was at one time largely Catholic, but in the 20th century the Catholic influence greatly backed off from its opposition of another religion - Voodoo. Voodoo is now the primary religion of Haiti. As Voodoo's influence grew over the past century, so did Haiti's corruption and its poverty. Haiti is now the ONLY fourth world country in the Western Hemisphere. From most prosperous to least prosperous in only 200 years? That's not a coincidence. In fact, there is only one other nation in our hemisphere that rivals Haiti's economic status - the third world nation of Cuba, also a godless nation. All other nations in our hemisphere are considered to be first world or second world nations.

So, there are two questions that need to be answered. Where does this all stop? and What can we do about it?

The answer to "Where does this all stop?" is simple. It doesn't. Human nature gets more and more wicked with the passage of time. The more "tolerant" we get, the more desensitized we become to the horrors of our actions and lifestyles. We give the devil an inch, he takes a mile. That's why the Bible says to "give NO place to the devil." But our society has given him place, and will continue to do so. Contrary to the thoughts of some, I highly doubt that secular society will just wake up one day and come to itself saying, "What in the world are we doing? Let's stop killing babies, and stop promoting the homosexual agenda, and stop living on debt. Let's abolish pornography and filth in our media and start promoting conservative values." No, the Bible actually says that the hot will get hotter, and the cold will get colder. The worse is going to get worse.

But there is an encouraging answer to the second question, "What can we do about it?" The answer is that we can spread the Gospel and get people saved. Man's words of wisdom and reason don't mean a thing to people who have determined in their hearts and minds to follow a specific agenda. No matter how much sense you make, you're not going to be able to convince an immoral person that they need to change their views. But you CAN win people to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit do that job for you. You can win people to Jesus by appealing to the emptiness they have inside, because they are all empty. Maybe they won't admit it yet, but deep down they know that something is missing in their lives. That "something" is Jesus. So win people to Jesus. You see, 1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us that unspiritual people can't understand spiritual truths. So don't bother telling a homosexual to stop being homosexual. Don't tell an abortion rights activist that they're wrong. Don't try to reason with them, because spiritual truths can only be discerned by people who have the Holy Spirit. Win people to Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will change their views. And He can do a much better job of it than any of us.

Christians, let this article be a call to action. Don't fight the agendas, because that's fighting the symptom, not the cause. Let's just get busy winning souls for the Kingdom. That is the only thing that has a chance of turning our country's moral degradation around. Win people to Jesus, and you've already defeated their ungodly agendas. Do it for the Kingdom. But don't forget that in doing it for the Kingdom, you're also doing it for America.

May God bless our nation and her people despite their wicked ways. They know not what they do.