I am concerned about the moral decline in our world, and specifically, America. It's one thing to look at other countries, such as Iran and be appalled at the fact that a young Christian pastor is about to be executed for loving Jesus in an Islamic country (/link). It's another thing entirely to consider that in America, a man would smother an 8-year-old child and dismember him (/link). It's sick, folks.
I grieve for the parents of this child...the fact that he was alone and lost on the streets of his New York neighborhood is sad and will trouble them for years to come. It was considered one of the safest neighborhoods in New York City. What this evil man did to their child will haunt them forever.
We live in a country that has legalized the slaughter of the unborn. There is no place of refuge for a child in a society that gives so little regard to life. There are no neighborhoods safe enough.
In America, each and every commandment of the Most High God is broken every day without any sense of remorse. At one time the Ten Commandments dressed the walls of every single schoolroom in the country. Today the display of those laws is considered unconstitutional. Today, they are broken and flaunted in the halls of justice--condoned, tolerated and legislated against. Though murder is offensive, it is not as offensive as dotting every "i" and crossing every "t" in the letter of man-made laws.
America's problems reach farther than the arm of the law. It rests deep in the heart of man.
Cheating in schools is no longer a problem with children; it's a problem with the educators teaching those children. Teachers seduce vulnerable children every day. Lying. Coveting. Stealing. Dishonesty. Lasciviousness. These are the character traits being exemplified to young people?
Why is it too much to expect marriage to be an institution of God between one man and one woman? It's totally unnatural to consider marriage as anything else.
Sin is something to be proud of today. We even pay money to see violence, adultery, lying and cheating and manipulation--sin glamourized in movies, television and reality shows. We purchase products that promote more of it. We have a love affair with products, clothing, and accessories that bathe us in self-gratification...with the exterior of ourselves. We are self-saturated. It's all about me and my pleasure and my comfort and my desire and my needs. It's less and less about being created in the image of God and more about being re-created in the image of man.
Should we be surprised brothers strangle their mother because they didn't want to play Yahtzee? And just because they didn't want to play a boardgame, it was perfectly okay to murder their mom and bury her body and lie about what happened to her? How awful it was of her to want to play a boardgame and infringe upon their desires! You'd think it would have been simple enough to play a couple of games to avoid prison. Wonder if they'll be playing Yahtzee in prison?
I am concerned that our relaxed state of mind about all things of God has warped our ability to reason. Common sense is losing space within the mind of man. No wonder jurors have problems understanding reasonable doubt. Everything seems to be tolerable under the right circumstances. A National Day of Prayer is exactly what is needed for our country as Gov. Rick Perry is being criticized for calling citizens to do in Texas. However, I think we need prayer every day, not just once a year. I'm concerned...are you?