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Biblical Studies Journal Volume 3, Number 8

December 26, 1999

God's Solution to America's Moral Decline

(A Carrell's Corner Article)


An article from a bulletin out of Magnolia Bible College quoted the Memphis, Tennessee Commercial Appeal as saying that "one of every two children born is illegitimate." The writer was speaking of Memphis births, but a comparable statistic could likely be found in most every metropolitan community in America. Add to this the rampant increase in dope addiction, murder, burglaries, crime of all kinds, and the resulting picture is one of a country that I'm not happy to talk about. I wasn't born in that kind of a nation, but it just got that way.


It got that way because someone decided that morality cannot be legislated, that pornography cannot be defined, that alternate lifestyles cannot be condemned. It got that way because America allowed her music, her arts, to deteriorate. When musicians twist their bodies in a manner suggesting immoral behavior, smash their instruments into pieces, and leave an atmosphere of total abandon, nihilistic, anything-goes behavior, then total decadence and the subsequent destruction of the nation cannot be far behind. America got that way because her people would not stand up and demand higher standards of the entertainment world, higher moral judgments of her courts, higher ethical values of her legislators.


Is there any answer to this increasing blight on our nation? This writer is convinced that only one solution will work, and that is for Christian people to show the way[1], to set the standards, to give the world an example[2]of such benevolent behavior that it will cry out for such to be the norm. When the inspired penman said, "Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah,"[3] he was telling us that righteousness works, that "sin is a reproach to any people,"[4] and that the only way to have a godly nation is to have godly people. Until we can resolve to set the example, our nation will continue her downward spiral to destruction. America, the hour is late! The sun has almost gone down!


[1]Peter indicates how the reverent example of a Chrisitian wife can win over the unbelieving husband. "Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear." (I Peter 3:1-2 NKJV)
[2]Jesus prayed for the unity of his disciples that the world might gain faith, "I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."  (John 17:20-21 NKJV)
[3]"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." (Psalm 33:12 KJV)
[4]"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34 KJV)

    -- Gene M. Carrell

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