Irony and America’s cultural slide

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Fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ironic, isn’t it? Polls claim more Americans now favor civil liberties related to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers (isn’t the last word redundant?), but seem ignorant to those delineated in the Bill of Rights.

A Barna study reports that 32 percent of practicing Protestants (wonder how they define that?) favor changing laws to enable more freedom for the LGBTQ community (freedom to do what?). This is up from 24 percent in 2003. That same question when posed to Catholics rose to 57 percent in 2013 (up from 35 percent in 2003), and for all Americans in general to 53 percent — nine points higher than a decade ago.

I guess the question and the way the phrase is worded is open to interpretation, but suffice to say that an increasing number of people who call themselves Christian support gay marriage and other tenets of the LGBTQ community is indicative of America’s rise to debauchery.

Genesis 19 records the story of homosexual debauchery within a culture that so polluted one man that nearly cost him his life. Is America headed for the same fate? It’s hard to think we’re not given news such as this. A story out of Seattle, Wash. also helps illuminate my point.

America doesn’t need blessings from the black robe brigade or the White House to codefy this cultural shift. We’ve been moving in this direction at an ever-increasing pace for some time now and America is hell-bent on getting there as fast as possible.

In God We Trust

In God We Trust (Photo credit: JenGallardo)

Even more ironic is news from Barna that suggests three-quarters of Americans strongly oppose removing the phrase “In God We Trust” from our currency.

Really? Does this argument really matter anymore?

Let’s face it, America may have “In God We Trust” emblazoned on our currency. We may even have courtrooms and city halls with shrines hailing the 10 Commandments. We certainly don’t live like it.

Confusion in Christian leadership

I found this interesting. An interview published on Barna.org with Joseph Cavanaugh, author of “The Language of Blessing” includes the following:

“According to a recent survey of Christian adults conducted by the Barna Group, more than half of Christians in this country identify themselves as leaders (58%). And yet, more than eight in 10 (82%) of the same survey participants indicated that they believe the United States is facing a leadership crisis because there aren’t enough leaders. What’s more, the leadership qualities participants identified in themselves do not line up with the leadership qualities they expect in others.”

Is there a correlation between what Barna illustrates in the leadership divide and that more Americans seem to favor the abject debauchery practiced and promoted by the LGBTQ community? Why do a majority of Americans favor keeping “In God We Trust” on our currency if every day we seek more abhorrent ways to sin against God?

History is rife with examples of cultures that sought their own way over God’s. The Old Testament chronicles this.

Personally speaking I see a huge correlation between the debauchery promoted in the United States and our slide into economic calamity. If we look back at the founding of America and the Christian ethos that accompanied it, and look at where we are today, it’s easy to see the proximity of our demise as a nation and our ruin as a culture.

I believe that the promise of God to King Solomon, as recorded in 2 Chronicles 7, after Solomon finished building the Temple rings as true today as it did then.

“At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.”

We have a choice to make. In a way it’s easy. We simply need to live according to the motto on our currency, which means we must trust that what God commands us from the Bible and the examples of history recorded therein are meant for our ultimate good, both now on earth and for all eternity.

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