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Monday, July 1, 2013

What Price Are You Wiling To Pay?

Here's the Nonsense:  There are problems in our country, but they'll work themselves out and we'll be fine.  

Here's the Horse Sense:  Americans have abandoned moral values in their lives and still think that America can be saved.  It will take change in our lives to get our country to turn around.

Ever think you'd be forced to support something you don't believe in?  I'm talking about abandoning core values that are closely held beliefs for you and being forced to support something you disagree with.  Whether you like it or not, it's coming.  And it's coming in the not too distant future.

With the Supreme Court's ruling last week we are seeing a rush to push for gay marriage in all states.  It will happen.  You can say it won't, but short of supernatural intervention it will happen.  It will happen because Americans don't value their claimed values. 

Don't believe me?  Just look at how many people claim to be members of major religions in the U. S.  A huge majority of Americans claim to be religious.  But very few actually embrace and try to live what their religion teaches.  Frankly that makes them really be something other than what they claim.  For if you claim to be something but don't live according to the doctrine of that belief, then you're not really what you claim to be.

I dealt with this in my book, No Tomorrows, where I talked about people who weren't really what they claimed to be.  An example I used then was Nancy Pelosi.  She claims to be a devout Catholic, but yet she embraces beliefs that are contrary to Catholic doctrine.  If she truly is a Catholic, then she must embrace their doctrinal beliefs.  Religion is not like some club where you may be a member but disagree with an item or two in their rules.  Religion requires you to believe every doctrine they teach and then work to live that in your own life.  Religion can't be updated for the times because religion believes that it is teaching revelation from God and God is not someone whose rules we can change.  He sets the rules.  No one has the authority to change them.  

Our society doesn't agree with that.  Our society thinks that humans can change God's rules.  That's as arrogant as it gets folks.  If you think you can change God's rules, then I pity you when the day comes you meet Him face to face.  I promise you that you won't win the argument.

This isn't about which religion teaches what is right.  After all, the fact is that only one can be right and I'm not getting into that argument here at this time.  This is about the fact that when a person is committed to the beliefs of their religion, then they sincerely, with all their heart, believe that it is revealed teaching from God Himself.  They do not believe that they have the authority to change God's rules.  

I say all this to make a point about where we're headed in our country.  I think that we're seeing an intolerance in our society for people who are religious.  Political correctness will be the required religion.  Like a recent article told us about the Deptarment of Justice, you won't be allowed to disagree.  There will be a high price for disagreement.  Personally I believe that that price will be so high that most people will fold and abandon their values in hopes of buying mercy and survival.

We've seen it building in our government.  This administration has increased the pressure on being politically correct.  For the second inauguration they were going to have Pastor Louis Giglio of Atlanta give the benediction.  But then they found out that he actually had preached a sermon saying that homosexuality was a sin.  That caused them to disinvite him from giving the inaugural prayer.  

During the infamous McCarthy hearings, witnesses were asked, "Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?"  I think it is quite possible that we will see a day when people will be asked "Are you now or have you ever been one who believes that homosexuality is not morally acceptable?"  Or it might be about another value, not necessarily about or limited to homosexuality.  People might be asked something like, "Are you now or have you been a member of ______ religion and do you believe in their teaching that ________ is sin?"

I suspect it is very possible we will see that and see it in the not too distant future unless something is done to stop the direction in which our nation is headed.

The only hope for America is to return to the values upon which we were founded.  Judeo-Christian values are the cornerstone upon which the laws of our nation are built.  But abandonment of those values undermines the very laws upon which our nation was built.  

People say they believe in those values but all the while they are living with someone out of wedlock, or lying on their taxes just to save a few bucks (after all, they justify, the government takes too much anyway), or they lie about things to avoid hurting the feelings of others, or they encourage their daughter or girlfriend to get an abortion so that that unplanned pregnancy doesn't "ruin" their future, or they do any of a multitude of things that are wrong.  They justify their actions instead of facing their moral failures and change the way they live.  

Unless and until Americans are willing to embrace a return to morality, nothing we do will stop the decline of our nation.  The price we must pay to save the future for our children and grandchildren is a willingness to live righteous lives.  That's got to be where it starts or there will be no future.  Are you willing to live that kind of life?