Pulpit Reflections

A very happy and blessed New Year to all of you. What an amazing thing to be alive in 2011, in a storybook world of cell phones, microwave ovens and jet airplanes.

Having lived through the second world war and following history, I look at the new year through eyes that have seen many years go by under a variety of circumstances. I was 4 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and was driving a farm tractor to help with the harvest at age 8 (a hand-cranked John Deere B) because of the manpower shortage caused by the war.

The question at the beginning of every year is, of course, will this be a bad year or a good year. Will this be a year of opportunity and blessings, or a year of problems and pitfalls?

I don�t think that it is only my age and experience that make me think that 2011 will be a year of problems and pitfalls rather than one of peace, satisfaction and progress, and I think many other folks look at this pretty much with the same conclusion.

While there has been tremendous technological progress in the past 50 years, there also has been a tremendous increase in troubled families, folds spending their lives in prisons and millions of people using prescriptions of illegal drugs to escape reality. When we ask, �What could have caused such a tremendous drip in the quality of life for so many people in one of the richest nations on earth?� the only real change that answers this question can be stated in one word: Morality.

The United States has gone through an undeniable, indeed a planned moral revolution that had its origin in the universities of America during the 1960s. The moral commandments of the Bible were thrown out in favor of everybody �doing their own thing, without restraints.

The results of this often-called �sexual revolution� were already characterized by Isaiah the Old Testament prophet 800 years before Christ, when he said, �Woe unto those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!� (Isaiah 5:20-21).

We have gone from being a nation where the Supreme Court in 1946 quoted the Bible in denying a divorce on the basis of �incompatibility,� to one where the government enforces adultery by refusing to help poor families in which husband and wife stick together. Only if there is no father around can a woman obtain relief. This, of course, is upside down and backwards, but is demanded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Examples of calling evil good and good evil abound in the United States today. Our courts have forced us to accept abortion, homosexuality and adultery as being a �good� and therefore legally-protected activities, which only tells us that the legal profession is mostly morally bankrupt.

Can you believe that 100 years ago, each one of our 48 states had laws against commercial activity on Sunday?  Hey, it�s the Fourth Commandment.

Today we think we are so much wiser � so we have made ourselves seven-day slaves of our work, and enslaved our employees by demanding that they work Sundays. Smart, huh?

What Isaiah said was true! Free yourself from mans foolish laws, and once again live according to God�s laws, which the apostle James rightly called, �the perfect law of liberty.�

It�s what the founders of our nation believed, and it will make 2011 a much sweeter experience.

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