My heart was saddened and my soul sickened by the news stories I read this past week. If you are a Believer, just reading these headlines should have you on your knees:
--- New Film: Jesus Wasn't Divine & He Was Born After His Mother Was Raped by a Roman Soldier
--- Atheist Activist Answers Your Questions About Jesus Christ & the "Completely Unreliable" New Testament
--- Atheist Victory? Supreme Court Refuses To Hear War Memorial Cross Case
--- More Than 50% of Americans Would Vote For an Atheist Presidential Candidate
Had enough? This past week, on June 25th, was the 50th anniversary of the prayer ban in public schools. And it was the beginning of the end for this country. Do you know what the offensive prayer was that started this grievous offense against our Lord? “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country,” That's it! How could anyone find this prayer insulting?
The parents that brought the lawsuit felt it violated their children's First Amendment rights. The initial court ruling declared that it did not, as long as the prayer was voluntary (which it was). But eventually the Supreme Court decided that government-endorsed prayer was unconstitutional.
When our children no longer receive instruction on the basic tenets of Christianity, you get a generation of selfish, unanchored kids who have no foundation of morality, and no impetus to better their society. And they will be willing to vote for a President who has no such foundation. A recent Gallup poll suggested that 54% of Americans would vote for a Presidential candidate who had no religious convictions. Compare that with 0% in 1937, 18% in 1958 and 40% in 1978. That Supreme Court decision in 1962 started the ball rolling!
With religion taken out of the schools, it stands to reason that children who were not raised in a faith-based home would grow up to raise children of their own who would not know anything about God or the Bible. And that's why people would so easily believe that Jesus's birth was not divine, or that his mother was raped by a Roman soldier, or that the New Testament was just a bunch of allegorical fables. They say that Jesus is just like you and me, and the miracles and the resurrection did not happen.
Do you know how this must grieve God's heart? And anger Him, too? We have made these choices, and there will be a price to pay. I contend that we are seeing the consequences of our bad decisions in our failing economy, and poor marks in our education system. South Korea has the most effective education system in the world's richest countries, with Japan in second place and the United States and Germany near the bottom. Twenty years ago, we were at the top. What happened? I think you know.
I'm not sure what, if anything, can be done to change this downward spiral. I pity those who do not know the joy of a relationship with our Lord. Only God can change the hearts of those who refuse to know Him. And if the headlines I've cited are any indication, He may have given up on us.
Hebrews 3:18-19 "And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief."