A Dying Nation

I had an interesting conversation this week about our country. I have to be careful that my radical concepts of government don’t offend but, frankly, I’m worried about our country and our children’s future. Now, this is not unique with me; we hear this concern frequently from many folks today, especially concerning politics and economy. My concern is different.

It seems that morality is taking a backseat to other issues, so far back that they are left in the rumble seat to blow in the wind (that’s an example from way back). In fact, some would even argue that our national morality has become better by virtue of the increasingly tolerant attitude toward what once carried the stigma of being “wrong” (adultery, fornication, homosexuality, abortion, et al).

God said, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Whereas God desires His people to be fiscally responsible (Proverbs 22:7; 1 Corinthians 4:2) and subject to government (Romans 13:1ff), righteousness, a part of which is morality, is always the greater issue. Israel’s problems with Assyria, Babylon and Rome had precious little to do with economy and everything to do with sin. Further, we will not legislate our way back from the brink of destruction. If America survives, it will be because of the influence and impact of Christians changing the way people view a dying nation.