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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

America's Spiritual Crisis: Facing Four More Years of Systematic Secularization

A message from Pastor Erwin Lutzer, Pastor Chicago's Moody Memorial Church

           Despite its foundational Christian heritage, America is rapidly degenerating into a Godless society. The church in America, although highly visible and active, appears powerless to redirect the rushing secular currents.Mired in a moral and spiritual crisis, America's only hope is a national revival, like God has graciously bestowed in the past.
          From the beginning, Christian values ingrained America's political and social fabric. Its democratic form of government was founded on faith in God. To this day, United States currency bears the inscription,  "In God We Trust. "America flourished while Christianity permeated all aspects of life, including the laws, education, and culture.
         The powers in America today, however, have chosen a path of rejecting God and His ways. Federal courts have interpreted our constitution as requiring that the Bible, prayer, and religious discussion be removed from classrooms,community buildings, and places of public gatherings. Government officials and educators across the country are systematically eliminating any vestiges of God from society. Militant secularists will not be satisfied until God is expunged from every facet of American life.
         American laws are being reinterpreted and rewritten to sanction what is abominable to a holy God. In 1973 the Supreme Court legalized abortion for any reason, and Congress subsequently passed a law providing government funds for such barbarous acts. Old laws making homosexuals practices criminal are being repealed, and new legislation is being enacted requiring society to support such lifestyles.While religious discussion is gagged, pornography is permitted to saturate our culture.
         Our society is fast becoming openly hostile to Christian values.The media trivializes and ridicules Christianity in the name of of humanistic and pluralistic concerns. American culture is dominated by teleivision and movies, whose profanity and lewdness tramp God's honor into the mud, inculcating non-Christian values from infancy. Public schools teach our children how to practice various forms of immorality.America is reaping the dire consequences of rejecting God. Our society is morally bankrupt, and the problems seem resistant to government cures....And America appears helpless before its great problems....
         There is Hope. Revival is possible as long as God is God. Jonathan Edwards, a leader during the First Great Awakening in America, argued that God grants light when the darkness is the greatest, and it was in just such times that the glorious periods of revival occurred in America's history.When there was disinterest in religion, gross immorality and rampant unbelief, God poured out His undeserved gracious blessing.
We must believe God for something more than our generation has seen. May our sights be raised and our faith increased, to fervently seek God for a national revival. What God has done in the past, He can do it again!

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. ( Isa 57:15 )  

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