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By William Campbell
Elder - Mission Bible Fellowship 

Confusion Reigns

 


As I watch the news in these troubled times, I realize just how confused our nation has become. Many, for instance, mistake the right or left of political issues with the right or wrong of moral issues.

Moral issues like abortion and homosexuality, which are individual moral choices, have become political issues. The result has been to further add to the divisions that exist in our country today. I doubt that our country has been this divided since the Civil War. I am by no means suggesting that we should ignore moral issues but rather that the main problem facing our nation is a moral crisis rather than a political one.

Why would a country such as the United States be divided on moral grounds? John Adams said, “Our country was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.”

Thomas Jefferson reinforced that when he said, “God who gave us life, gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever.”

And James Madison, the primary author of the U.S. Constitution, went even further when he stated, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have stakes the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

Given these foresights and convictions of our founding fathers, and given the current state of our country, is it any wonder that we are faced with such frightening choices for the leadership of our country? The fact that we kill 3,000 innocent babies every single day and yet the killing of a gorilla causes more moral outcry, should disturb every single American. Yet I venture to say that as many as agree with that statement there will be an equal number that not only disagree but may even wish to remove the freedom of speech from any who would make such a statement.

God offered a solution to a nation’s moral dilemma when he said in 2 Chronicles 7, “If my people, who are called by my name, humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Until then I’m afraid we will be faced with, as one bumper sticker put it, “Nope and Noper.”

 

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